A letter from LUM Immigration Clinic Director,
Rev. Susan Brouillette
I hope this update finds you healthy and safe.
As many of you know, we just wrapped up the annual fundraiser for the LUM Immigration Clinic, Port of Hope. I am in awe of the amazing generosity of our donors, volunteers, and sponsors. During this season of hope, we give thanks to all of those who helped make the fundraiser successful with their time, talent, and treasure.
The season is also a time to reflect on the past year. Even though COVID has presented real challenges, the LUM Immigration Clinic has remained open, running at full capacity. We continue to work with both new and existing clients as they pursue immigration issues and naturalization. We have shifted our interactions with clients to virtual meetings to maintain both client and staff safety. It is reaffirming, despite all the daily news we all face, to sit down at the end of the day and know that we have been able to assist a client on their path and assure them that they are not alone on their journey.
As we celebrate the love revealed during this holiday season, let us not forget the sacrifices our immigrant brothers and sisters face on a daily basis in these unprecedented times. We frequently see their faces on the frontlines—whether it be construction, medical services, retail, food service, agricultural and janitorial, just to mention a few. They are essential workers now more than ever.
The season also brings the promise of hope. As we look forward to the new year, we are excited about opportunities for growth. We hope you find in this newsletter testament to our accomplishments in the past year and glimpses of good things yet to come for the LUM Immigration Clinic and the people we serve.