Until We Meet Again, January!

january-in-photosThis month, Executive Director Chris Purnell introduced us to the Clinic’s brand new theme for 2017: Abide. Also, thanks to a VOCA grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute late last year, we were able to restructure and expand the Victim Justice Program. We heard from their entire team, including the Clinic’s new attorney, Annie Anderson, on the work that VJP is doing to protect and empower victims in our community.

We took a close look at long-time partner, Southeastern Church of Christ, and how current Secretary of the Clinic Board of Directors, Russell Brown, was the original impetus for their serving as an intake site. And we met an integral part of the Ft. Wayne satellite office, Cathy Warney.

Be sure to check back in this February for a special Valentine’s Day post and don’t forget to support Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Brackets For Good 2017, which kicks off at 8PM on Friday, February 24.

Also, due to recent events, the Clinic hopes to clarify and provide information to the public and our supporters regarding refugees. In the upcoming days, we’ll be sharing stories of just a few of the clients we have come to know and appreciate on social media, so be sure to like us on Facebook. We’ll also be sharing more information about why the Clinic serves refugees and why we believe this work is an important part of our mission. 

For more information about the legal definition of a refugee and facts about the refugee screening process, please visit the following links:

http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/refugees
https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/refugees/questions-answers-refugees

https://www.uscis.gov/refugeescreening

We have received many questions about how you can get involved and help our immigrant neighbors. We’re working on pulling together a list of volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping. In the meantime, please know that you can donate to support the Clinic or another refugee-serving organization in Indianapolis—we cannot emphasize enough how important your support is.

We thank you for standing with the Clinic!

Until we meet again, January!

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