Seeing children housed in enclosed encampments, in detention centers and tents, often crying with no one to hold and comfort them, and with no access to legal representation or school, breaks our hearts. As we write this in December 2018, it is continuing. We are reminded that Jesus clearly said we are to “welcome the stranger.” In today’s world, the strangers among us certainly include immigrants and refugees.
We are partnering with Catholic Charities of the East Bay to provide financial assistance to support legal assistance, education, advocacy, and sending a team to the border to provide legal services.
As Sisters of the Holy Family, we have nearly a 150 year legacy of supporting and providing for the needs of newly arrived families. In the past we were very hands-on in providing assistance. Through this program we are helping separated families, women, unaccompanied minors, and immigrant victims through a wide variety of legal and direct assistance.
Immigration Legal Assistance – legal services include legal counseling, citizen application assistance, legal representation and advocacy, DACA Assistance, and more.
Crime Victims Assistance – assistance for immigrant victims of crimes, such as domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and other crimes.
Refugee Services – assistance for government approved refugees in becoming self-sufficient through cultural orientation, job development, family reunification and resettlement.
If you have been as saddened and moved as we have been watching children and families being separated, we ask you to join us in this partnership.
Our Sisters are committing $20,000 to address this issue.
We treasure the gift of your partnership. Thank you to those who have already supported our Immigrant and Refugee programs. Your continued support of our mission, whether through financial support or prayer, fills our hearts with gratitude.