Serena (or, Tita) has a background in clinical social work.. Growing up overseas, she has a passion for working with immigrants. After graduating with a Masters in Social Work, she moved to Oregon and worked in both community and shelter based counseling capacities. Since January of 2019, Serena has become executive director of Immigrant Connection, a non-profit ministry of Columbia View Wesleyan Church that seeks to provide legal advocacy, holistic service, and Christ centered support to immigrants.
WHAT IS IC?
Just like you hire a tax person to help you navigate the complexities of tax law, Immigrant Connection helps immigrants fill out and submit their immigration paperwork to USCIS.. As a DOJ recognized site, IC’s niche is providing low cost immigration legal services.
Immigrant Connection functions like a “social worker” for immigrants, connecting them to a variety of partner organizations and services within the Portland Metro area, particularly in East County.
As a ministry of Columbia View Wesleyan Church and affiliate churches, Immigrant Connection shares Christ in tangible ways with the immigrants in our community to see them experience hope and healing through Him.
We need partners who are committed to become students of immigrant stories and the cause of immigration.
We need partners who will spread the word about this ministry to their networks.
We need partners who will pray regularly for Immigrant Connection and the immigration cause.
We need partners with a variety of skills and experience working together to accomplish the mission of Immigrant Connection.
We need financial partners to launch this ministry. As our clientele base grows IC will become self-sustainable, however, your ongoing giving will help keep the cost down for clients. You can give by clicking here.
When will Immigrant Connection first be able to receive clients?
As soon as we are accredited through the DOJ. We are praying this to be complete the beginning of 2020.
What do your legal services cost?
Fees vary depending on the case. We follow a fee schedule from the national IC network.
What immigration paperwork does IC help with?
Immigrant Connection offices work on cases including: advice and counsel, naturalization, family petitions, adjustment of status, renewal of legal permanent residency, DACA renewals, U Visas, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), fiancé visas, religious worker petitions, and consular processing.
Will this just help people who are living here “illegally?”
Our heart is to help immigrants follow the law. As a partially accredited site, we will comply with governmental regulations to help immigrants who have been here “undocumented” correct their status while also helping those who came with documents remain “in status.