In recognition of its rich mission history, Andover Newton formed a partnership immediately upon arriving in New Haven with the Integrated Refugee and Immigration Service, IRIS. That partnership includes a winter clothing drive and the beginnings of cultural companioning between Andover Newton community members and recently-arrived refugees. Expansion of this partnership might include a co-taught Border-Crossing Immersion.
Andover Newton’s mission partnership with IRIS is an opportunity to practice hospitality, welcoming refugees making new lives in New Haven. Participating in IRIS refugee relief programs also offers Andover Newton and other YDS students opportunities to learn best practices in non-profit organizations, including connecting local congregations with refugee relief and resettlement.” ~ Melissa Heim