The Neighbor Fund: Helping our immigrant neighbors
$12,871 raised
86% of $15k goal
26 contributors
118 Days running
When ICE detains someone, usually a family is then in crisis. We, their neighbors, can make all the difference for them by offering help obtaining a lawyer, paying legal bills and bond, helping with the cost of utilities or diapers. Please join us.

UPDATE:  Hearts are filled with gratitude at the outpouring of support, both in spirit and with money, that came from the community concert on November 5th.  What a powerful evening!  Thank you!

 

Manuel went outside to start his car at 6am, as he did every morning on his way to work.  But that morning there were ICE vehicles parked in front and behind.  He was taken quickly, which has devastated his family.  He has been deported before, but he comes back to be with his family and to provide for them - which makes his case more complicated.  He could face serious jail time as well as deportation.  He needs a good lawyer, quickly, which is costly.  Ideally a bond could be paid to get him out of detention while court proceeds, but that costs a small fortune.  The family is struggling to get by on Mom's income.  These costs are overwhelming.  

But we are their neighbors.  And we can help.  We can raise some of the money for legal support.  We have a team of people who can help accompany them to court.  We have people who can visit those in detention.  And that support is met with tears of gratitude.

The Framingham Solidarity Network has created these teams as well as the Neighbors Fund.  The fund will:

  • help pay the cost of bond so that people can be released from detention while their case is pending;
  • help pay for lawyers and interpreters;
  • help families when a bread-winner has been detained .

The fund will be managed by Metrowest Worker Center (CASA).   Requests for assistance will have to be approved by at least three members of a six-person review team.  That team consists of two members of CASA and four local faith community leaders, two of whom will be serving predominantly immigrant congregations.  

We are asking your help.  Give to the fund if you can.  Share this request with others.  Ask your faith community or community group to make a donation.  Click here to give or checks can be made payable to Neighbors Fund and sent to the Rev. Debbie Clark, Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St, Framingham MA 01701. Many thanks!

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