Reflections on the Journey of Community Sponsorship with St. John’s Norwood in Bethesda, MD.

Hometown: EMM
Hometown: EMM
Reflections on the Journey of Community Sponsorship with St. John's Norwood in Bethesda, MD.

On this episode of HomeTown, we speak with members of Neighbor to Neighbor’s own St. John’s Norwood Sponsor Circle team, doing the critical work of welcome with individuals arriving in their communities.

We speak with the Rev. Anne Derse, Deacon and St. John’s Minister for Community Engagement, as well as St. John’s parishioners Melanie Folstad and Rick McCumber, husband and wife team-leads for the St. John’s Norwood Neighbor to Neighbor Sponsor Circle team.

Our Neighbor to Neighbor program trains community groups to welcome newcomers into their communities. You can play a critical role. To learn how you can be a community sponsor, visit

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