Proposal for Room 99 – Vote at May 16 Congregational General Meeting

May 16 Congregational Meeting Includes Vote on the Room 99 Proposal

To view the recording of the the Immigrant Support Team’s congregational update on April 27 about the Room 99 housing proposal, click here. Representatives from two faith communities that are currently housing immigrants shared their experiences and answer questions.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (updated April 29, 2021) may help answer your questions. If you have other questions or concerns not addressed in the FAQs, please contact Claire Hoyum orĀ Lenore Franzen. Click here for an overview of the financial proposal (also included on Page 14 of the FAQs).

Background

Since the Immigrant Support Team formed four years ago, we’ve seen a strong interest on the part of the congregation to be involved in immigrant support. In September 2020, when we gathered as a congregation to affirm interest in resuming the “Rise, O Church” campaign, we also heard a desire to find new, creative ways of using our facility to meet community needs, especially in light of the social changes we’ve witnessed this past year.

Our team has since introduced an exciting idea for engaging Gloria Dei more directly. We are proposing that we convert Room 99, off the short hallway to the gym, into an efficiency apartment that could serve the temporary housing needs of newcomers to our community while they seek permanent homes.