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Selected Issues in Program Management

This two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning activities for program expansion planning and implementation in addition to greater professionalism and staff efficiency.

National Migration Week 2015: We Are One Family Under God

With the promise of the New Year comes National Migration Week 2015, celebrated by the Catholic Church January 4-10. The theme is “We Are One Family Under God,” and there is no better time to extend goodwill, so abundantly shared with loved ones during the holidays, to our migrant brothers and sisters in Christ. 

12 Ways to Promote Integration in Your Community

Integration happens most successfully at the local level. Positive day to day interactions between local residents encourage mutual understanding of different perspectives and lead to increased respect amongst all those calling a community home. Creating an atmosphere of respect for the thoughts and opinions of all residents requires thoughtful and purposeful effort. Here are several ideas that adult members of a community can try when working to create a welcoming place for all.  

Come, Lord Jesus!

Dear brothers and sisters of CLINIC, As we enter close now to the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Church’s Liturgy prays every night the prophetic and powerful “O Antiphons” which sing out the Messianic titles of the Lord rooted in the prophecies of the Old Testament.  In these same days, there is another powerful event happening in our midst:  “Las Posadas."

Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, Hogar Immigrant Services

Jonah Meyers and Leya Speasmaker   Hogar Immigrant Services, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, was founded in 1981. Since its inception, the program has offered English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Hogar began offering citizenship test preparation classes in the mid 1990s. Hogar responds to the Catholic Church’s call for social justice by welcoming immigrants regardless of their ethnicity, religion, nationality, or ability to pay.

Intercambio: Uniting Communities

Jonah Meyers and Leya Speasmaker   Intercambio was founded in 2000 by Lee Shainis and Shawn Camden and quickly grew from English classes in Shainis’s basement into a highly respected non-profit organization operating in several towns in Boulder County, Colorado. Intercambio’s mission is to make the ethnically diverse communities in Boulder County more safe, friendly and economically prosperous through their broad-ranging immigrant integration program.

Las Posadas: An Invitation to Hospitality

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014, Welcoming the Stranger Edition of Catholic Woman Magazine, by the National Council of Catholic Women:

Sunset Provisions Deadline Approaching

By Minyoung Ohm RIS Attorney  

Rita Dhakal Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary at CLINIC

Rita Dhakal joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2009.  She currently works with Attorney Megan Turngren to help to provide legal services to RIS clients.  In addition, Rita volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where she interviews clients for case intake and placement for the Uncontested Divorce Clinic.