Posted on: October 29, 2014
On October 28th 2014 CMS staff Frederik Stefani and Jennifer Park held a workshop at the Institute for Community Living (ICL) Family Resource Center in Brooklyn. CMS staff spoke to a small group of 10 people about various eligibility options for victims of crimes, such as the Violence against Women Act, U and T visas, and Gender-Based asylum. The Institute for Community Living (ICL) Family Resource Center is a community-based service provider that equips parents with the skills and tools to assist children who experience behavioral and emotional problems. CMS is developing our outreach and partnership efforts throughout Brooklyn and Queens to be more accessible to people out in the community.
Posted on: October 21, 2014
CMS is currently conducting outreach for our legal services programs in parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Thus far we have distributed important information and provided consultations to hundreds of parishioners at St. Margaret Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Sts. Joachim and Anne, St. Joan of Arc, St. Agatha, St. Teresa, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Leo, Corpus Christi, Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Helen, St. Sebastian, St. Matthias, Our Lady of the Angelus, St. Rita, and St. Patrick. We have staff on site ready to assist parishioners and provide information about our housing, immigration, and labor programs. CMS is working to increase accessibility by offering critical legal services to people who may otherwise not have the ability to come into our office during business hours. We will continue to conduct outreach in parishes across Brooklyn and Queens every Sunday through November.
Posted on: October 2, 2014
CMS held our first Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting of fall 2014 on Wednesday September 24.Over 80 community members attended the meeting at St. Sebastian Parish Center. We were joined by council member Julissa Ferreras of the 21st district in Queens. She spoke about current housing issues in the Elmhurst, Corona, and Jackson Heights area and a new development for affordable housing that is opening in Corona. Ariel Salazar of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs gave a presentation on the new paid sick leave law that was enacted in the city of New York on April 1st 2014. This law grants new rights for employees to receive compensation for days that they or a loved one are sick and cannot work.
Posted on: September 26, 2014
Posted on: September 17, 2014
On Sunday, September 14th CMS staff conducted outreach at two different parishes in Queens and Brooklyn. Staff Alexina Delvecchio, Rebecca Rybaltowski, and Xiomara Bustamante attended service at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Brooklyn and after Mass answered questions and conducted consultations for over 20 parishioners. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Astoria CMS staff Jennifer Park, Nancy Pardo, and Chris Holtz attended both English and Spanish Mass and were able to provide legal services to over 25 parishioners. CMS will be attending weekly Masses across Queens and Brooklyn this fall to provide immigration, labor, and tenant rights information and consultations.
Posted on: September 10, 2014
On September 7th CMS Outreach Assistant Rebecca Rybaltowski attended the Fidelis Community Resource Fair at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Corona. This successful event helped CMS reach out to many people who were interested in immigration matters and learn about the services that CMS provides. Several organizations that partner with CMS, including Faith in NY, NICE, Catholic Charities, New York Family Justice Center, Fidelis, Grameen VidaSana, and Queens Immigrants United were at the event and reached out to over 2,000 parishioners who attended the fair. This fair hosted by Fidelis Health Care helped to increase the scope of knowledge and access to valuable resources and services available to community members.
Posted on: September 5, 2014
CMS is collaborating with the Arab-American Association of New York (AAANY) to make free legal services more accessible to the Arabic-speaking community in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. AAANY is a social services organization serving the Arab immigrant community to adjust to their new home in New York. Their services include ESL and citizenship classes, public benefits eligibility screening, job application and resume assistance, youth programs, and leading advocacy efforts in a variety of campaigns.