Announcements Regarding Immigrants

March 5, 2020

Dear Community Members,

On the attached “Events of Interest”, you’ll see many excellent events (some, unfortunately, at the same time). And you’ll note that BRSN will hold an informational table at the Social Justice Fair on April 9 at 8:15 p.m. If you are able to help staff it, please let me know. And a brief update on BRSN’s work these last few weeks: We have been especially busy with medical needs of immigrants, rides to Indy and to Chicago for sessions with low-bono attorneys and federal interviews and hearings, funds for the attorneys and (skyrocketing) application fees, and helping immigrants find resources from food to household goods to clothing.

First, a SPECIAL NOTICE: BRSN will hold a SPECIAL MEETING on March 11, at 7:00 p.m. Location is: Bloomingfoods East, Community Room. This meeting will be held in order to invite your input into services we are, or should be, providing to immigrants; it is also to see who might be able to assist in some of these services.

PLEASE NOTE: Help is especially needed now, as will be explained at the meeting. If you can attend this meeting, would you RSVP at: bloomingtonrefugees@gmail.com. We appreciate it!

Note that, if you are able to attend but others in your group (faith group, agency, office, etc.) are not able, we hope you will attend and bring information from the meeting back to them.

As you know, BRSN is a completely volunteer organization, with all funds going to the immigrants. We need your assistance in continuing these services. The federal government is not contributing but, rather, is adding, to the expenses in caring for our vulnerable immigrant population.

There is an attachment specific to this meeting, listing BRSN services and ways in which you can help.

MARCH 8 SPRING CLEANING DRIVE FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS: First Presbyterian Church is holding a spring cleaning drive to assist refugees and asylum seekers through BRSN and Exodus.  They anticipate filling 12 buckets with cleaning supplies, as they did last year.  Their address is: 221 E 6th St., and entrance to parking lot is on 7th St.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING FOR ADULTS, provided by the MCCSC: Offered at Broadview Learning Center, 705 W. Coolidge Drive. A wide variety of English classes are available for adults, at many different levels. Participants are asked to register in person at the Broadview Learning Center on the following dates/times: Thursday, March 12, at 9:00 am or Friday, March 13, at 12:30 pm. Please pass this information on to anyone you may know who is in need of English or business–English skills. Contact information: Phone (812)330-7731, Web: www.mccsc.edu/adulted Facebook: Broadview Learning Center.

IMMIGRANT SEEKING HELP: An immigrant who has been working as hard as possible, and asking for as little as possible, is now having a difficult time. She has started a GoFundMe project, and this is the link to it:  
https://www.gofundme.com/f/p24hj8-in-urgent-need-of-a-vehicle

Thank you again for all your help these past 2 years. We hope to see you on the 11th!

Attachments: Events of Interest; Volunteer Services Needed

Take care,
Diane Legomsky, Chair
Bloomington Refugee Support Network