Our good friend Ron Starbuck, a noted publisher based in Houston, offers these notes on resources for migrants and their supporters in and around Houston. (See Ron’s press at Stjulianpress.com)
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH’S Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church, carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants.
EMM is the Church’s living commitment to aid the strangers in our midst. The Episcopal Church seeks to address issues of global migration and their root causes as the number of displaced people surpasses 70 million worldwide. Within the United States and along our southern border EMM collaborates with 13 local partner agencies across 11 Episcopal dioceses to welcome those fleeing persecution and seeking asylum.
Through the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, EMM works locally with affiliated partners to aid refugees and asylum seekers – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and Refugee Services of Texas Inc. in Austin.
In one of the most recent coordinated efforts the Diocese of Texas and Trinity Episcopal Church Midtown Houston helped to gather toiletries, baby items, and specific sized clothing needed for families. These are families who have crossed our southern border for safety and come through the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley – Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, which helps 400-600 people a day who need care.
To learn more about EMM, their partnership with affiliates Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and Refugee Services of Texas-Austin, and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, in resettling refugees, please contact: Alyssa Stebbing, Diocesan Liaison for Refugee Resettlement.
BAKERRIPLEY—HOUSTON/HARRIS COUNTY TEXAS: Another critical non-profit organization across the Houston-Harris County Texas area (2018 MSA Population Estimate 7M) is BakerRipley, Formerly Neighborhood Centers, which provides many community services. They serve people in over 70 service centers across the Houston region.
BakerRipley provides a comprehensive Citizenship & Immigration program to families living in the Houston area, such as Naturalization, Renewal of Permanent Residence Cards, Adjustment of Status, and Crime Victim cases among others. Their immigration programs broaden legal pathways to citizenship and civic engagement opportunities through providing consultations to community members, hosting monthly Citizenship forums, and offering Citizenship classes.
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BakerRipley legal services provides both legal and non-legal immigration services throughout the Houston immigrant community, at two of their neighborhood center locations: BakerRipley Gulfton Sharpstown and BakerRipley Ripley House. They are well-known for conducting large-scale Naturalization and DACA pro se workshops, but BakerRipley also offers direct legal services for community members who fall below the federal poverty guidelines and are in need of low-cost legal services. BakerRipley has particular expertise in family-based immigration, naturalization and citizenship, and crime-victim cases and has the capacity to take on challenging legal cases that involve complex evidentiary or legal issues. BakerRipley is a DOJ Accredited/Recognized organization.*
*DOJ Accredited/Recognized organizations are non-profit religious, charitable, social service, or similar organizations legally authorized to provide immigration legal services with or without an immigration attorney on staff.