This Sunday, April 24, Wilton comes together for a benefit concert to support the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (WiACT)’s refugee resettlement work. Starting at 3 p.m. in the St. Matthew’s Sanctuary (48 New Canaan Rd.), noted pianist David Hollander will be joined by Gunar Sahlin on cello, Suzanne Corey Sahlin on viola, and Nina Caruthers and Corinne Metter on violin. Admission is $10, all of which goes to support the work WiACT is doing to support a young Syrian refugee family that has recently arrived in Wilton.
WiACT is a consortium of congregants of ten Wilton faith institutions, Christian, Jewish and Muslim, whose motto is “We Act Together for Good.” The group is honored that Dampits International, Hollander’s instrument product company, has chosen to use this concert to support WiACT’s work.
The Syrian refugee family currently being supported by WiACT, composed of a widowed young mother and her five children ages 2–12, has been doing very well since moving to Wilton. The older children are now enrolled in school, and their mother is working very diligently on her English with WiACT’s team of ESL instructors and focusing also on employment prospects with WiACT’s Employment team. Meanwhile, Wi ACT’s Education team is keeping close track of the children’s progress in the Wilton public schools, and its Acculturation team is focusing on providing interpreters when needed and, most of all, on assisting the family in its transition to its new life in America. The family is a very engaging one with delightful kids and a very caring and hardworking mother. They are all enormously appreciative of all that this community has done for them.
If you’d like to give by check to support this refugee resettlement work, please make your check payable to “Temple B’nai Chaim” with a notation on the memo line: “For WiACT refugee work” since WiACT’s funds are maintained by Temple B’nai Chaim where WiACT’s Treasurer Don Weber is a congregant.
St. Matthew’s is located in the WEPCO complex, 48 New Canaan Rd..