Immigration Resources and Current Actions

Jan
10
Tue
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon

Greetings! My name is Julia Schmidt and I am a current grad student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, although you might know me through my work at Maple City Market and/or Southside Fellowship. I am very interested in issues of immigration and finding ways to make Elkhart County a welcoming place for all people. This school year I have been interning at Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes and have been researching beginning an Immigrant Resource Center here in Elkhart County. I believe there is a need for an organization to be the hub of information on resources and services for immigrants in our community. There are many great organizations doing work and I see a resource center as being the link to these organizations.

Instead of giving out direct resources, I envision using the model of Indianapolis’s Immigrant Welcome Center to connect recent immigrants with trained volunteers, known as “natural helpers,” who are immigrants themselves and can help connect them with resources such as health care, legal services, government agencies, public transportation, education, housing, job training, and more. Learn more about their Center at https://www.immigrantwelcomecenter.org/.

I also envision a resource center as the place to do education in the broader community about how immigrants contribute to our society. I would like to see the diverse communities in Elkhart County come together more to learn from each other and be able to support each other. I can envision the center being able to coordinate resources of everyone to make this county more hospitable to the immigrants who live as our neighbors.

I will be presenting my vision in more details at a community event this Tuesday night at 7pm at the Civic Salon in downtown Goshen. Stop in to hear my presentation and brainstorm together how we might make such a vision a reality in our community!

The Civic Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the alley (west) entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and to Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
14
Sat
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Build community, celebrate our immigrant heritage and defiantly pledge to protect immigrants, Muslims & refugees from hateful attacks and policies.

Find an event near you:
https://action.unitedwedream.org/calendars/global-day-to-protect-immigrants-refugees

Jan
21
Sat
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
ComUnidad is hosting an evening of music by Lalo Cura Acustico, a taco dinner, and la loteria (Mexican bingo) as a time of community building and fundraising for the Elkhart County HOPE Network, a grassroots organization creating a safety net for local immigrants. There is no charge for the event. All of your donations go directly to HOPE thanks to our sponsors: Maple City Health Care, The Electric Brew, Better World Books, Community Resilience Guild, and Faith Mennonite Church.

Immigration Resource Center Presentation Follow-up

Last Tuesday night, January 10, 55 people turned out for a presentation on an immigrant resource center in Elkhart County. I presented on the model of Indianapolis’s Immigrant Welcome Center, which works to both connect recent immigrants to resources in the community...
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Envisioning An Immigrant Resource Center

Immigrants contribute a lot to our society and bring with them gifts that make this a better place for everyone. I want to be able to give people the resources they need to use their gifts and contribute to this place that we call home.

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Here are the slides from Julia’s talk on “Envisioning An Immigrant Resource Center” at the Civic Salon on January 10.  Follow-up information is offered in her blog post “Immigration Resource Center Presentation Follow-up“.