In the News: CASA Riverhead Now Open
"Ananias Canel, a CASA council member, said that in order for the center to be successful, the input from local rural workers is essential. 'We were looking for a place where we could form a community, not based on religion, but a place where people’s voices can be heard, where we can get educated, learn about our rights and responsibilities and to find our identities as rural workers living on the East End,' he said."
"The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has long partnered with Rural & Migrant Ministry, a nonprofit agency that works around New York State to give voice to the concerns of farm laborers, many of them Latinos. The agency and the diocese now are working with other faith-based partners, including the Presbytery of Long Island, to develop the Center of Alliance, Solidarity and Accompaniment, or CASA, at Grace Episcopal Church."
Welcome to Rural & Migrant Ministry
Since 1981 Rural & Migrant Ministry, a statewide, non-profit organization, has been standing proudly with the the rural and migrant communities throughout New York.
We act to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity to all.
We work with rural leaders, both young and older, who are committed to equality and cooperative opportunity, especially within agricultural systems. We also support people in faith, labor and university communities who seek to stand with rural leaders as allies.
Rural & Migrant Ministry works for the creation of a just rural New York State through:
- Nurturing leadership
- Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
- Changing unjust systems and structures
RMM implements its mission through three program areas:
Through the Accompaniment Program, RMM accompanies rural workers – especially farmworkers – who seek to improve working and living conditions. For over fifteen years RMM has coordinated the statewide Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign that has sought to ensure that the voice of the workers is heard at the policy-making tables that impact their lives.
Experiential and popular education are key components of RMM’s efforts to strengthen rural leaders. RMM hosts the Liturgia Rural Worker Education Center in Wayne County, Spark Center in Sullivan County, and an array of leadership development programs on the eastern end of Long Island.
Since the 1980s, we have been firmly committed to empowering rural children to create opportunities for themselves while at the same time learning how to change their world. Our programs offer a variety of experiences that nurture awareness, creativity, problem-solving and leadership development. Our youth travel for many miles from isolated communities in order to develop and lead their own programs. In the process, they internalize the concepts of self-worth and hope.