Emmaus Community in Sonoma County
1. We walk WITH, and work WITH, our migrant families; they make their own decisions.
a. Accompaniment to help with adjustment, survival, and settling in.
b. Partnership for navigation of legal processes.
c. FIND SOLUTIONS by working together.
d. ADVOCACY for protection and fair treatment; public actions
e. LOVE is - a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guide; a willingness to participate with others in the healing of a broken world and broken lives.
f. Think about making your pairing - mutually transformational.
2. Concrete forms of support:
a. Economic - food, phone, rent, job opportunities.
b. Social - mentorship, companionship, emotional/psych needs, outings.
c. Education - medical, nutrition, life skills, ESL, “the system”.
d. Advocacy - accompany to medical care, court, consulate, landlord, calls/letters.
e. Legal - NEVER give legal advice, but help with access.
f. Housing - consider space in religious institutions/garages, or apartment that can be subsidized.
3. Members of the Accompaniment Team (4-5 total):
a. Point person
b. Spanish speaker
c. Someone available daytimes
e. “Money boundary” person
f. “Subjects of agency vs objects of rescue” person
g. “Keeper of Team Resource Folder” person
4. Building relationships:
a. Listen patiently
d. Determine 2-3 most important early goals
e. Agree on best way to communicat
f. Determine where meetings will take place
5. Time commitments (over 6-12 months total):
a. First 3 months
i. 1-2 hours per week
iii. Monthly check-in with coordinator
iv. Consider information given as a “gift” of trust
b. Months 4-6+
i. 1-2 hours every other week
ii. Specific topic trainings for teams and migrants
iii. Monthly meetings of team, re: transition goals
iv. Monthly check-in with coordinator