AUGUST 2019, AUSTIN, TEXAS
APPEAL FROM A HARDWORKING IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY:
“I am the contact person for a growing number of immigrant families in Austin, and I’m looking for people who can help coordinate requests for assistance from immigrants with volunteers, resources, and available funds (e.g., donations). As I’m learning rapidly, there are many gaps in free and low-cost services available to asylum seekers in Austin (e.g., RSTx is available only to people who have been granted refugee status; Foundation Communities provides low-cost housing, but has limited capacity and waiting lists; Austin Sanctuary Network provides transportation, but primarily just to San Antonio, for court hearings or ICE or BI appointments). In addition to affordable housing needs (which, of course, is a big problem for many people in Austin, but is compounded for immigrant families by the requirement of many apartment complex for social security numbers of the tenants), there is a great need among immigrant families for transportation to dental and doctor appointments, attorneys’ offices, biometrics appointments, school-related requirements and activities (e.g., clinics for students vaccinations, places that provide free school supplies, student registration), food banks, potential job sites, English classes, and for apartment and house hunting, among a multitude of other things, often with little notice. The needs are so great, and there really needs to be a much bigger network, but coordination of volunteers is just not a skill I have.”
Can you help?