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 Christopher Koehler at 206-382-4511 or He 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.

Online Community

SJIA GroopIt
This online platform provides an opportunity to support immigrants and connect with one another. When you join the Immigrant Assistance GroopIt, you'll see requests for specific needs such as a ride to the doctor, furniture, clothing, meals, help setting up a TV, etc. If you are available to help, there's an easy way to respond. In addition, you will see posts about events, advocacy alerts, and immigration-related news; and can recommend books and movies, share good news and good acts, and connect with others like you who are concerned with justice for immigrants.

Come join us! Email Chris Koehler at


With St. James Immigrant Assistance, you can:

Other organizations offering ways to help immigrants and refugees are:

  • Contact your state and federal representatives. Text your zip code to 520-200-2223 to receive a text with your Congressional and State representatives contact numbers. See "How to get through to Congress" and learn how to be most effective when calling.
  • Find your representative.
  • Use Resistbot. Text "resist" to 50409. Provide your name, zip code, and a message to send to your senators. Resistbot will format it to look professional and fax it to both of your senators. Want to fax your representatives as well? Provide your full address.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
  • Volunteer with your local representative through their office. Find a local politician who represents the change you want to see in your community, contact their office to figure out how you can get involved. Your state, city and county have party headquarters where you can volunteer. They often have opportunities for stay-at-home digital activism.
  • Encourage letters of solidarity and support. Ask your school's principal or school board, city and county council members, or any organization or group that you are part of to publish a letter of support or solidarity.
Other 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.
  • 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.
  • Mission Education Resources from Seattle Archdiocese.
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