What's Happening? 
April 2017 



Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center offers anyone who walks through our doors a better chance at health and economic success by providing the skills required for today's 21st century world

Happy Spring everyone, 


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!

Manbin Monteverdi
Anonymous
Marilyn Betcher
City of Napa Mayor Jill Techel
Anonymous
Conrad Perez
Barbara Pahre
Morrie & Evy Warshawski
Carry Hays
Preston Keogh
Kristi Mitchell
Rose Hari
The Phinney Family
Shannon Pestoni
Bill Peatman
Mary Ann Cleary
Betty Malmgren
Michael Honig
Lisa Cort
Kate Miller
Judy Myers
Dana Johnson
Bernard Peacock
Brad Nichinson MD
Heidi Holzhauer
Dorothee Stangle
Rachael Poer



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.

Help spread the word! GoFundMe Puertas Abiertas CRC


In other news! The Napa County Board of Supervisors passed a proclamation in support of our immigrant community, and all of the cities in the county are following suit. The proclamation speaks to the inclusive work our community embarks on a daily basis, and establishes who we are as a county; one that is welcoming and does not tolerate hate and bigotry. 

The initial request to do a resolution came from several non-profit leaders; Alissa Gentille from On the Move, Elba Gonzalez-Mares from Community Health Initiative, Joelle Gallagher from COPE, Vanessa Robledo from My American Dream, Jerry Curiel from La Morenita Market, Jennifer Simi from Rise up Napa, and Sharon Macklin and Mary Ann Cleary both Puertas Abiertas Boardmembers. We continue to gather to ensure we are meeting the needs of our clients,  and that we are informing our community leaders on the work that needs to be done.




Program Updates!

Spanish Language Institute: 
 
C hildren ages 3 to 6 years old will have the opportunity to learn to speak and read the Spanish language.
         
It will be fun and engaging for our y oung
students
!   The curriculum includes a cultural awareness component where they will learn about Latino culture and traditions.

Classes will take place on                                       Tuesdays/Thursdays                          
from 10:00am to 12:00pm beginning April 18th and ending May 11th.

For more information or to register your child, please call
707-224-1786 (limited space)

Thank you to the United Bay of the Bay Area Emergency Food Program
we have begun our small food pantry!
 
This pantry serves as a safety net when families have exhausted other food pantry options.   
   
Napa County Hispanic Network Awards

A huge thank you to the Napa County Hispanic Network for honoring Blanca and I.

Blanca has worked tirelessly for Puertas Abiertas for the past six years, and was honored with the Friends of the Network Award.

I was honored to receive their Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you.