Many of Napa County’s documented and undocumented immigrant families are in crisis and are relying on Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center for help. That’s why we’re asking for your support.
In 2017, Puertas Abiertas 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.
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 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection for their children.
-- $725 will pay for an individual to apply for citizenship ($640 application fee plus $85 background check). We have many people eligible to apply for citizenship who 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 DACA status. Children are at risk of deportation because their families cannot afford the fees.
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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.
-- $1,500 will pay for emergency rent for a family in need due to a sudden deportation.
-- $250 will buy emergency food for a family for two weeks.
We don’t need to tell you that these are our friends and neighbors, our children' schoolmates who are in fear and at risk. Please join me in supporting Puertas Abiertas by contacting them to see how to help. puertasabiertasnapa.org or call at 224-1786.
Sharon Macklin, Board Member