Good Shepherd Immigration Justice Team

At our congregational meeting in January, we voted unanimously to become a Welcoming Congregation in the ELCA’s AMMPARO initiative. READ the message of welcome to Good Shepherd from the ELCA offices. AMMPARO ~ Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation, and Opportunities.

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.

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00-8:00 PM
Via Zoom

Chittenden Asylum Seekers Assistance Network (CASAN)

Good Shepherd members have been part of the network of people who have been working diligently to support a local mother and child while they are in the legal process of seeking asylum in our country.  Asylum seekers, unlike refugees, are not allowed to receive many kinds of government assistance, nor are they are allowed to work until reaching a certain point in the application process.  CASAN was formed in fall of 2019 to fully support the family for food, all living expenses, and housing until the family is able to be financially independent.  We have helped several additional families in other ways, too.

Come to celebrate the good work that we have done together in the past year of the network’s existence, and the great progress that the mother has made – she just got a job!  You will hear updates, participate in Q&A, and learn about the on-going need for donations and how you can do something to help this family and others begin a new life in our community.

For more information about CASAN and its mission, come to a Zoom meeting at 7:00pm-8:00pm on October 6th (Tuesday). 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you!

Find more information about the Chittenden Asylum Seekers Assistance Network on our Facebook page.

On behalf of the Chittenden Asylum Seekers Assistance Network,

Jan Steinbauer, Coordinator ~ 802-488-4041 | (802) 899-3932 | Jericho, Vermont

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