Good Shepherd Immigration Justice Team

Help support an asylum-seeking families

Last year, the needs of an asylum-seeking mother and her preschool child were brought to the attention of Good Shepherd’s Immigration Justice Team. The family needs housing and financial support for all living expenses as they go through the long legal process. Temporary housing has been provided by a generous host, but long-term housing in Burlington is being sought. Several Good Shepherd members became personally involved in assisting the family, together with volunteers from other faith communities. A grassroots support team group coalesced, and to receive donations this group became incorporated as a VT non-profit – the Chittenden Asylum Seekers Assistance Network (CASAN); Jan Steinbauer is the coordinator.

The Chittenden Asylum Seekers Assistance Network (CASAN) is a volunteer group of interfaith individuals and people of good will in Chittenden County who have come together to support a family residing in Burlington.  We seek to widen the circle of support in anticipation of securing long-term housing, and for all on-going living expenses.

There has been much media attention to the plight of asylum seekers on the southern border, but there are individuals and families struggling with the asylum process throughout the country, including in Vermont. The journey is a long and difficult one. The laws governing asylum are confusing and subject to changes from the current administration. Immigration courts are so backlogged that the wait time for a hearing may be years. Asylum seekers are not allowed to receive many kinds of government assistance, and they are not allowed to work until reaching a certain point in the application process.

Questions – text or call Jan 802-488-4041.  Find more information on CASAN on Facebook. | (802) 899-3932 | Jericho, Vermont

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 273 Vt Route 15 – PO Box 495 – Jericho, VT 05465

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