Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors officially opens its doors on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Tucson Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, and Bishop Robert Hoshibata of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony which begins at 2:00 PM at the Arizona JFON office at New Hope United Methodist Church, 6740 S. Santa Clara Ave in Tucson.
Arizona JFON is partnering locally with the Tucson Mayor’s office, local faith communities, community organizations and other immigration legal service providers offering a hospitality ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants. Arizona JFON will also be engaging in advocacy for immigrant rights and offering education to communities of faith and to the public. It will strive to keep families together and to provide for our immigrant neighbors with hospitality, compassion, respect.
“For nearly five years many of us dreamed of having an Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors. We were concerned about immigrants being detained and deported without legal representation of any kind. While participating in a national United Methodist Church immigration retreat, we were energized and had the momentum to draft a strategic plan, form our first board of directors, and begin to fundraising to make our dream a reality.” – Chris Spencer, AZJFON board chair.
Arizona JFON joins the Justice for Our Neighbors network of 18 sites across the country, each providing free or low-cost immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, ideology or sexual orientation.
Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors
Ella Tomkus Rawls, J.D.
Chris Spencer, President of the Board of Directors
AZ Justice for our Neighbors
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2. Sponsored by Dove of the Desert UMC's Board of Church and Society, this event is free and open to all so feel free to bring a...
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A statement from the people of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church regarding immigration
As a community of faith, we take seriously the reality of where God has placed us on this earth, and the responsibility that comes with it. The southern border of our nation is also the southern border of our ministry area. We embrace the Gospel summons to love our...
By Chris Spencer Thank you to the United Methodist Church for helping in the birthing of Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors, for supporting us financially with donations and inviting us to your local, district, and Conference events for education and advocacy. We are...
People of faith have stepped up and are doing their best to help even though these faith congregations are being taxed financially and with getting enough volunteers, especially for jobs like preparing a meal for 100 people or letting a family stay overnight in their home.
By Scott Morris We were preparing to reopen our shelter for asylum seekers on May 1. Then this happened! Sunday night, after receiving several phone calls pleading for our help, our team decided to open on an emergency basis and take in 50 immigrants. Most of them are...
“Today, it took dozens of people to work together under her leadership to intercept injustice, heartless cruelty, and the illusion of crisis. It took pastors, and bus drivers, and police officers, and No More Deaths volunteers, and church members, and Greyhound employees, and students to fight with everything they had and work together for love to win out today. And it did.”
“Tonight I was grateful to see the Church at work. The powers that be decided to drop off about 120 immigrant guests at the Tucson Bus Depot. For those who aren’t from Tucson, our bus station is tiny and not open at night. So, to drop a family off at the depot is to leave them on the street.”
This is not how I grew up. This is not what steps I traveled as a one year old. This is not how life should be, for anyone. To kill a child for their organs? And we question… asylum?
Volunteers are needed to assist with several needs – greeting refugees as they exit ICE buses, providing a hot meal on arrival, arranging donations of clothing, and occasional hosting of families not having family members or contacts in the U.S. More host churches are needed as the handful of hosting churches are stretched to the limit.