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Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration and legal services, education, and advocacy.
JFON was created as a response to the increasingly complex immigration regulations stemming from the Immigration Reform and Immigration Act of 1996. Since then, regulations have become harsher, backlogs on immigration applications have become longer, and deportation orders have increased. Many of JFON’s clients come from dangerous, even life-threatening, situations. No low-income immigrant can safely navigate the US immigration system without legal counsel.
Our Vision: New England JFON is recognized as an effective justice-oriented resource for providing hospitable, compassionate and high-quality, legal services for immigrants. Through our work with immigrants, participating volunteers, and congregants, we also seek to transform our culture’s understanding of and sensitivity to immigrant issues.
Over the past year the Springfield, MA and Woburn, MA legal clinics, now joined by new clinics in Lawrence, and Lowell, MA, have been listening while being present through acts of hospitality and free quality legal services. Because of the financial support of local churches and community members New England JFON has been able to expand into Lawrence and Lowell to provide specialized legal assistance to unaccompanied minors, a most vulnerable population. Through partnerships with established local legal aid services, New England JFON is able to provide highly qualified immigration attorneys at low cost for Woburn and Springfield. While the hiring process for the Lowell and Lawrence NEJFON clinics is underway, the clinics have opened their doors using pro bono lawyers.
WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS DO (be a volunteer - no need to belong to a church)
Intake workers are the clients' first contact and gather the necessary information to determine the clients' situations
Interpreters assist with translation for those volunteers and clients who need help communicating
Volunteer attorneys receive training in immigration law and do initial assessments as well as follow-up visits with clients
Hospitality workers help with refreshments, provide child care, and greet clients
Case managers review files, make telephone calls, and collect documents to prepare cases for review by the supervising attorney.
The need for free and low-cost immigration legal services is great in all of our communities.
To find out more about NEJFON go to: www.newenglandjfon.org/
Rise Against hunger
“We are delighted to announce that the meals from your meal packaging event on 3/25/2017 have been shipped in a container totaling 285,120 meals from our New England warehouse. The meals will be received by our in-country partner Islamic Relief - Distribution in Mozambique” -Rise Against Hunger
We hosted and packaged over 10,152 of the meals Saturday March 25th. Thank you to everyone who helped package the meals and to everyone who helped us finance these meals at $0.29 a meal.
Rise Against Hunger is meal packaging program that coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The program was created to give folks the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s hungry.
Contact Louise Halstead at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
On the first Saturday of each month, we prepare and serve a hearty, nutritious meal to from 50 to 80 hungry people at Bristol Kitchen in Waltham, Massachusetts. Cooking for Bristol Kitchen is one of our oldest mission efforts in continuous service. About half of the clients served are residents of the Bristol Lodge men's and families' shelters and the rest are people from the community. This nightly meal is open to anyone. If you would like to get involved contact Terri Kolenbrander at email@example.com.
The Watertown Food Pantry operates out of our Watertown site on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Volunteers and donations (non-perishable food items and toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, and diapers) for both pantries are always welcome!
Below are a few pictures when our BW Kids volunteered at the Watertown Food Pantry!
BWUMC Prayer Shawl ministry
This ministry provides comfort to those in our congregation dealing with the death of a loved one, illness, job loss, or any other difficult situation. There is yarn in the Narthex. Please contact Jocelyn Milton if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping the Young Parent’s Program at Children’s Hospital supply baby blankets to young families in need. There is yarn in the office. Please leave any blankets in the office.
COOPER COMMUNITY CENTER CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Each year we provide Christmas Gifts for the children of Cooper Community Center and their young siblings. Cooper Community Center is located on Washington St. in Roxbury and serves the Greater Roxbury neighborhoods.
We’ve partnered with Calvary UMC in Arlington to supply Thanksgiving dinners in Arlington.
ALTERNATIVE GIVING FAIR
During December we showcase Christmas gifts for friends and family that also help those around the world and close to home. Featured each year are Heifer International, All Hands In (including Thistle Farms and Nightlight), Justice for Our Neighbors, and more!