I wanted to start by thanking everyone who has given to our GoFundMe fundraising campaign! Please see below for the messaging of the campaign, and here is the link:
GoFundme Puertas Abiertas CRC
We still have a ways to go, and any little bit helps!
Thank you for you support!
City of Napa Mayor Jill Techel
Morrie & Evy Warshawski
The Phinney Family
Mary Ann Cleary
Brad Nichinson MD
Many of Napa County's documented and undocumented immigrant families are IN CRISIS and are relying on Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center for help
In 2017, Puertas Abiertas has committed and increased services to include immigration assistance and mental health and wellness programs. Our clients are finding themselves under great stress in this politically charged time. Their future in our community remains uncertain.
"My three kids were granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and we hope their status won't be in jeopardy with our new president. I cannot imagine how they will feel if they are forced to go back to being undocumented. Some families will be in a very difficult position because of their differing immigration status within the family and the cost of becoming documented. What will happen to our kids?" -Leonardo
The need is unprecedented. The more quickly we can help people achieve legal immigration status, the better!
Since the election, we are averaging three visits and calls PER DAY with clients asking for help resolving their immigration status including how to become a U.S. citizen, renewing a green card or applying for DACA protection for their children.
· $725 will pay for an individual to apply for citizenship ($640 application fee + $85 background check). We have many people eligible to apply for citizenship that cannot afford it.
· $425 will pay for a legal resident to renew their green card. Currently legal immigrants need help to renew their status!
· $495 will pay for a two-year Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Children are at risk of deportation because their families cannot afford the fees!
We have also received requests from women seeking counsel, financial assistance and support as their husbands, fathers, brothers, and uncles have been abruptly deported. Left without a breadwinner, these women are left to pick up the pieces and raise their families alone, and are afraid for what's to come.
· $1500 will pay for emergency rent for a family in need due to a sudden deportation.
· $250 will buy food emergency for a family for two weeks.
We don't need to tell you that these are our friends and neighbors, our children' schoolmates that are in fear and at risk.
We urge you to show your support for our community!
PLEASE JOIN US
Please join us in taking a stand to raise necessary funding to assist these individuals seeking assistance at Puertas Abiertas. Help us to help them. The time is now, our request for your support is urgent.
Together, we can act and support Latino residents in need that work, contribute and live in our community.
Since 2005, Puertas has been providing essential services for those in need.
· In 2015, Puertas counseled over 1,700 people who required access to health care as well as social and educational services.
· 94% of clients identify as Latino.
· Immigrants in Napa County contribute over $1 billion to the local economy; however, 72 percent have an annual income of less than $25,000.
· Only 30% of Napa County's immigrants have become citizens. Citizenship is correlated with higher family income, higher educational attainment for children of immigrants, higher proficiency in English and more active engagement in community affairs.
Please donate today-no amount is too small.