Members of Kalamazoo First UMC have met folks who daily live with the fear of deportation, some of whom may have a legal basis for remaining in this country. Often these are people are the primary breadwinner, or much-loved caregiver. The 2010 census showed Kalamazoo County had over 12,000 immigrant residents, many of whom need legal services in order to navigate the arcane rules and regulations of our immigration system. JFON is a ministry of hospitality founded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in 1999 that welcomes immigrants into our communities by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, engaging in advocacy for immigrants’ rights and offering education to communities of faith and the public.
JFON-Kalamazoo, founded in 2015, is one of four full-time offices of JFON-Michigan; the other offices are in Grand Rapids (2004), Metro-Detroit (2010), and Traverse City (2015). Collectively, JFON-Michigan offices have served, since its origins in 2004, over 3,000 immigrants from 87 nations. JFON-Kalamazoo provides services to the Southwestern region of Michigan and participates in the National JFON network.
Monetary donations are accepted at any time online.
If you need legal immigration assistance, please call the JFON office at (269) 743-2501 for an appointment. You can leave a message at any time of day (in English or Spanish), and someone will get back to you.
Para ayuda, por favor llame la oficina, (269) 743-2501, para hacer una cita. Puede dejar un mensaje en cualquier momento del día (en español o inglés), y alguien le responderá.
An anthology of poems and writings about the life of immigrants
Book is available at the
Welcome Center, by contacting Ann Sweany at firstname.lastname@example.org
or completing the online order form.
Books are $15 each.
For more information about the book and to hear an interview by WMUK's Zinta Aistars with Miriam Downey and Jennifer Clark, follow this link: http://wmuk.org/post/between-lines-meeting-immigrant-neighbors.