At the end of February, 50 pounds of shoes, which were donated by members of the College community, were distributed to children and their families who have fled violence in the Middle East. The project, a collaboration between the College’s Interfaith Ministry and members of Portland’s Muslim population, provided the College community a chance to make a difference in the lives of migrants affected by violence.
“I’m pleased for anything this small endeavor has done to raise awareness in the College community,” says Frank Daggett, director of SJC’s Interfaith Ministry, “but even more so that a tiny but not insignificant message has been sent to the local Muslim community, that there are people at Saint Joseph’s College who care about our brothers and sisters who are Muslim and who are seeking a safe and secure home.”
The idea for the project, Daggett says, came to him after the College’s most recent service trip to Guatemala, and was encouraged by professor Michelle Laughran and President Jim Dlugos.
While the collection for this particular project has reached its conclusion, Interfaith Ministry encourages the community to continue donating clothes, which will be used at Catherine’s Cupboard, the College’s food pantry. In addition, Daggett says people can continue to make a difference in the lives of migrants by visiting and engaging with the following online resources:ccmaine.org/refugee-immigration-serviceszakat.org crs.orgsistersofmercy.org/get-involved
To learn more about Interfaith Ministry at Saint Joseph’s College, contact Frank Daggett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-893-7792.