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

Hi everyone, 

Some might know that I have a daughter who is 16 months old, her name is Vivian, and she is learning how to express herself, one of the things she's now saying when something truly truly amazes her, like bubbles, is "WOWWWWWW."  If Vivian could read our Gofundme, she would undoubtedly say, "Woooooowwww."  We are now at $29,977! 
 
Thank you 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 

I would also like to invite you to 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo dinner at La Toque! See below for details! 

Thank you for you support! 

Rachael Poer
Dorothee Stangle
Heidi Holzhauer
Brad Nichinson MD
bernard peacock
Dana Johnson
Judy Myers
Kate Miller
Lisa Cort
Michael Honig
Betty Malmgren
Mary Ann Cleary
Bill Peatman
Shannon Pestoni
The Phinney Family
Rose Hari
Kristi Mitchell
Preston Keogh
Carrie Hays
Morrie & Evy Warshawski
Barbara Pahre
Conrad Perez
Rob Bolch
Jill Techel
Marilyn Betcher
Carole Rehbock
Manbin Monteverdi
Greg Bennett
Matt Wilkinson
Jeni Olsen
Brad Wagenknecht
Michael Borck
Bob Forster
Sharon Macklin
Kelly and Jeff Dodd
Marilyn Mendelson
Bob/Sharon Garcia
Jenny Clark
Brian Dodd
Olivia Everett
Patti Wessman
Laura Gabriel
Tori Williams
Julie Johnson
Laura Valencia
Tom & Susan Kennelly
Christine Mercnik
Angela Peatman
Carol Poole
David Devan
Betsy Chaconas
Lauren Reichel
Linda Brown
Bernhard Krevet
Stephen Stanton
Haydee Oshima Stanton
Nancy Kaplan
Judy Schindler
The Keever Family Fund
The May Foundation Trust
Betty Teller
Ed & Sue Dee Shenk
Kathy and Francis Mahoney
Luisa Bonachea
Laurie Wooden
Father John Brenkle
Preston Shackelfod John Todd
Dottie Lee
David & Lana Stanley
Mark Anderson Bonnie MacMaster Anderson Family Trust
Ja Rivas
Catherine Linden
John Reichel
Fran Abbott
Sara Lyon
Patty Cleary
Thiago Santos
Katharine Whitman
Karen Relucio
Christine Tomlinson
Anonymous 
Brian Dunn
Brian Tripp
Johanna O'Kelley
Jeni Olsen
Michael & Kathy Borck



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


Join Chef Ken Frank of La Toque on Friday, Cinco de Mayo for a culinary feast! This is the 3rd year La Toque has celebrated Latino cuisine in honor of his employees.
 Call 707.257.5157 or www.latoque.com for reservations.



If you can't make the Cinco de Mayo dinner, join us in St. Helena on
Wednesday, May 17th at Clif Family Tasting Room and the Bruschetteria Food Truck, where 20% of the proceeds will go to Puertas Abiertas!
 
Meet Our Newest Boardmember & Treasurer!

Nancy Mena

Nancy Mena is the Business Manager at Beringer Vineyards where she has worked for 5 years. She worked at Puertas Abiertas as coordinator of the VITA tax program from 2010-2015. Nancy graduated from Sonoma State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and grew up in Napa. 
 
Why I'm interested in joining the board? 
I'm interested in joining the board because I grew up in an immigrant family in Napa and would love to give back to the community that I grew up in.