Dear Friends of Salem Arts Exchange,
In the midst of this unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Salem Arts Exchange mission of "providing a joyful, creative gathering place for refugee women where friendships are formed , beautiful handicrafts are produced, and lives are pointed to Christ" remains the same. While the gathering place is currently being realized through computer screens or face time, we are maintaining solid friendships and relationships through prayers and updates with each others' lives. We dearly miss our in-person community time but we will stay the course for the sake of those we love dear and for the greater community as a whole. We keep our status with refugee friends via phone calls and texts. We will launch the first ever an online one-on-one sewing training over face time sometime next week. More to come!
Our volunteers have been selflessly, sincerely and joyfully volunteering their talents and time producing fabric face masks, which have been donated all over the hospitals and communities both local and out of states.
We are looking forward to create more face masks by partnering with New Life Family Services and the Karen Organizations of Minnesota, both of whom are affiliated with Arrive Ministries - which is our new parent organization as of May 1, 2020. We are very excited to be under Arrive Ministries as we feel that both organizations can benefit one another through the ministries of refugees.
We were in the middle of planning to possibly moving to a new site due to the pending sale of the Salem House by its owner. We are saddened with the fact that Salem House has been a wonderful place that supports our mission in the last 7 years. However, we believe our God has a bigger plan! We believe the new site will be a better site for us to provide more excellent sewing training to our refugee friends. Our goal is to have our refugee friends as co-workers one day!
We covet your prayers right now and in need of your volunteering spirit when the time comes. Your support means more now than ever.
We also have a few real-life heroes within our team who are at the front lines every single day. To you, we say we love you and we support you, in daily lives and in prayers.
Until we meet again in person, please stay safe and healthy.
Beatrice (Bea) Mulawarman
Interim Executive Director
Salem Arts Exchange