The Hartville Migrant Ministry offers a variety of programs and services to the migrants. These programs are a success with the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
MINISTRY PROGRAM: The migrant ministry program continues to be of central importance at the Hartville Migrant Center. This program focus continues to be faith-based rather than denomination-based. The program fosters and strengthens the spiritual life of the migrant workers and their families, including pastoral care, the administration of the sacraments, Bible study, the Christian education of children and young people and the gathering for corporate worship.
MEDICAL PROGRAM: The Hartville Migrant Ministry has an on-site free clinic for the migrant workers and their families during the growing season. A wide variety of medical services are provided under the leadership of Dr. Teresa Wurst and in cooperation with Aultman North Canton Medical Group and Stark County Health Department. Medical clinic services are provided by a large group of dedicated medical professionals and students from nearby universities including Malone University, Walsh University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Kent State Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies.
HOSPITALITY PROGRAM: The Hospitality program shows kindness to the migrant workers and their families. They plan activities, programs, and events that bring a sense of community and support to the families including distributing welcome bags, picnics, book bag/school supplies, and offering various children’s activities throughout the growing season.
EDUCATION: The Hartville Migrant Ministry provides education, childcare, and well-being for the migrant community, especially children and youth. The Education Committee collaborates with the Marlington Local Schools and Texas Migrant Council regarding issues of education, youth programming, GED, ESL and IWP. After school and summer programs provide safe, fun and educational activities for migrant children. The Marlington Local School District provides summer school for the children including transportation to and from school. The Immigrant Worker Project provides Adult Education English, GED and Citizenship classes offered in collaboration with the Migrant Ministry. Outreach and social assistance services are provided in conjunction with the Immigrant Worker Project.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE: The Property committee at Hartville Migrant Ministry is responsible for the oversight, maintenance, and protection of the property, building, and equipment of the Migrant Center. Normally, this is a reactive group that responds to the physical needs of the property, building and equipment for small projects. Committee members have support teams from their respective churches or skilled trade organizations that may call on competent community volunteers to assist the project(s) at hand. Project requests come from the Property Chairperson, Coordinator of Services, other Standing Committees or Board members to help the facilities to meet the needs of the migrant families in the area before, during, and after the regular growing season. Window washing, seasonal floor waxing,painting, and small repairs are typical projects. Larger projects with expensive over $150, such as septic system upgrade, a new furnace or a new property fence require coordination with the Board for payment and timely execution.
DANCE TROUPE (La Pilarika): Folk dance is a defining element of the Hispanic culture. The migrants participate and run a dance group called La Pilarika. This year, the dance group consisted of 19 children and 7 adults. La Pilarika travels to several venues to perform their cultural dances for the public at no cost. Some previous locations have been Louisville High School Diversity Fair, The Historic Downtown Hartville Art & Music Fest, Northeast Ohio Medical University Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, First Christian Church Summer Fun Fest, and several other local churches. In 2014, the dance troupe received a SmArts Mini-grant from ArtsinStark to purchase new costumes. Look for upcoming events on our calendar.