Mission: Equipping churches to provide immigrants with the hope of the gospel, help finding a pathway to legal residency, and a home in a church that cares for their needs.
Programs: Immigrant pathway institute: a 40-hour training based on the curriculum of the immigrant legal resources center, but customized for the purposes of immigrant hope. Its purpose is to train volunteers and staff so that they are prepared to seek and receive board of immigration appeals (bia) accreditation. This ensures that volunteers and staff can be trained to effectively and legally provide services for immigrants and in so doing demonstrate and share the christian gospel. One 40-hour training was conducted in 2016 with 24 participants trained. The goal is to offer training annually to volunteers and staff who will be able to staff future immigrant hope centers.
immigrant hope centers: licensing, supporting and monitoring the activity of licensed service centers that offer direct services to immigrants, which demonstrates and shares the christian gospel, thereby offering them the opportunity to find a home in church. The first center opened in brooklyn, ny in 2011. Five additional centers have opened since then in atlanta, ga, clifton, nj, jackson, wy, mcallen, tx and santa barbara, ca. The long-term goal is to open two additional immigrant hope centers per year in geographical locations with significant immigrant populations.