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Pope Francis Share the Journey

"Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects
all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions."

- Pope Francis

Where to start

Don't know where to start or what to do? We are here to help. Just call or email Caroline Okello at 206-382-4511 or cokello@stjames-cathedral.org. She will be happy to talk with you about the many options for getting involved both here at SJIA and in other places throughout the community.

Opportunities

With St. James Immigrant Assistance, you can:

Other organizations offering ways to help immigrants and refugees are:

  • AID NW: Book Drive, Visitation, Post-Detention Accompaniment Network, and Welcome Center at the NW Immigration detention center in Tacoma. Esmeralda Saltos: esmes@comcast.net
  • Salaam Cultural Museum Medical Missions: volunteer here and overseas, donation drives, knitting circles, etc. Rita Zawaideh: rita@caravan-serai.com
  • Episcopal Migration Ministry ESL and Employment volunteers
  • Food bank for migrant workers at St. Charles parish, Burlington WA. Contact Jose Ortiz: jose@stcharles-burlington-wa.org
  • Notaries Public and Family Law Practitioners: Casa Latina is building a roster to support future "Know Your Rights" and "Emergency Family Safety Planning" workshops. Deborah Purce, Volunteer Coordinator at Casa Latina, 206-686-2621 or deborah@casa-latina.org
  • Rapid Response Networks: Join a team of volunteers to support immigrant in the event of an ICE raid, or community emergency.
Ideas

If you or your organization are looking efforts you can initiate, consider:

  • Interfaith prayer service: invite a local Muslim, Jewish, or other faith to join in an interfaith prayer service. Get the help of your parish’s liturgy director.
  • Refugee dinners: invite refugee families for a shared dinner or potluck.
  • Encourage letters of solidarity and support: Ask your pastor, school's principal or school board, city and county council members, or any organization of group that you are part of to publish a letter of support or solidarity. Examples: Statement of Support or translations and All are Welcome from King County.
  • Rice Bowl: this Lenten program invites Catholics to live in solidarity with our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters through prayer, fasting, learning and almsgiving. Contact the Mission Office: 800-869-7028 or missions.office@seattlearch.org
  • Plan and lead visits to mosques, synagogues, or other places of worship.
  • Starter Kits: to put together refugee resettlement kits for local refugee families resettled by International Rescue Committee.
  • Mission trips to the border: encounter Christ on the margins, experience the Church as Missionary, and enliven your own communities and ministries upon return.
  • Respectful Dialogues: plan and lead small group discussions for parishioners from all along the spectrum from immigration advocates to anti-immigration. Check out Contemplative Dialogue Circles and other resources from the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center.
  • Protesting and Immigration – Know Your Rights: guidance on knowing your rights while protesting.
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