January Newsletter

Dear ICB Wayland Members,

As many of you are aware, FPM is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children by providing shelter at churches and temples. FPM provides safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as these families seek permanent housing. ICB Wayland is the only Muslim support congregation of FPM and supports Peace Lutheran Church and Temple Shir Tikva when these two congregations host FPM families.

This fall the FPM team and volunteers have had quite the busy fall at ICB Wayland. Please come join the fun BY VOLUNTEERING


Before volunteers are allowed to interact with FPM families they have to attend a training session. These training sessions address the needs of FPM and the proper etiquette of interacting with host guest families and their children. Michelle Syed hosted conducted the most recent training at ICB Wayland.

Please consider signing up to volunteer for FPM activities and attend the next training session. Information about these sessions are sent to the ICB Wayland email list serves.


FPM team had a food sale of “chola chaat” earlier in the Sunday School year to raise funds for the new FPM Day Center in Natick. All ICB Wayland members are welcome to visit the FPM Day Center and/or volunteer at the Day Center.


Karen Olson, an American philanthropist, founder, and president emeritus of Family Promise, o specifically asked to visit ICB Wayland. Her visit included meeting the FPM team, FPM volunteers, ICB Board members and Sunday School administration, and meeting the Sunday School children who have volunteered for FPM. Karen had a chance to also observe the annual Hajj simulation program and Zuhr prayers. Karen was very impressed by her visit and hopes that ICB Wayland continues the barriers it is breaking with FPM.


FPM volunteers recently provided support to both Peace Lutheran Church and Temple Shir Tikva while they hosted FPM families this fall. FPM hosted families spend two weeks at each hosting congregation. We were successfully able to help as a host congregation this past Oct/Nov for 4 consecutive weeks at Peace Lutheran Church and Temple Shir Tikva.

Our volunteers helped with setting up the spaces at the hosting congregation before the FPM hosted guest families moved in for two weeks. The set-up project entails setting up rooms as bedrooms with blow-up mattresses and bed linen. During the two weeks we provided dinner on weekends to the hosted guest families. At the end of the two weeks at a hosting congregation, our volunteers participated in breaking down the rooms used by the hosted families. This project entails dismantling the make-shift bedrooms that were set up for the hosted families.

Our ICB youth also help Peace Lutheran Church by laundering all the bed sheets and other linens that they use for the hosted families at a local laundromat.