Shining Star Award for Maria Magdalena Vargas, member of the ministry to immigrants from the Dominican Republic.
For nearly half a century, Catholic Migration Services has been helping immigrants settle in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The organization is honoring them with a “Shining Star” award, calling the immigrants beacons of hope for the world. Michelle Powers attended the annual dinner celebration and filed this report.
On June 15th Catholic Migration Services was part of the public hearing that the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) was hosting. Tenant members from different neighborhoods including Woodside, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Elmhurst attended the hearing and testified for a much needed Rent Roll Back. Tenants spoke about how much of a burden rent has become and how they would have to leave their apartments and NYC in general if another increase was implemented. The tenants wore white T-shirts which they made colorful by writing messages and drawing images of how much of their income is spent on rent. Their testimonies included some data, but mainly their own stories which made them very powerful. Other groups that attended the RGB hearing were Minkwon, Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan, Make the Road NY and Chhaya.