St Andrews United Methodist Church and the North Carolina Annual Conference announce the creation of the Fayetteville JFON Immigration Law Clinic, a non-profit providing low-income immigrants with affordable or low-cost legal services. The clinic is a United Methodist ministry of the Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR called Justice For Our Neighbors. JFON, as it is known, has existed since 1999 and has numerous law clinics serving low-income immigrants across the United States.
The clinic plans to open in August 2020 and will be staffed by an attorney and a paralegal.
Donations can be made online or by sending a check to Fayetteville JFON, 121 Lofton Drive, Fayetteville NC 28311. Congregational donations can be sent to NCCUMC, Office of the Treasurer, PO Box 890202, Charlotte, NC 28289-0202 and marked for JFON ADVANCE Account #S00198.
Rev. Scott Foster, Senior Pastor at St. Andrews
“The immigrant community in Fayetteville and surrounding counties is underserved with affordable immigration legal advice, and this ministry will provide the opportunity for immigrants struggling to obtain an economic foothold in the USA with affordable advice.”
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
“I commend the work of JFON and acknowledge the real need for this ministry. We have thousands of immigrants in North Carolina who cannot afford legal service of immigration attorneys in addition to the numerous visa application costs charged by the Federal Government. This valuable service will provide families seeking permanent resident status and citizenship with an affordable alternative.”
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Locklear, Gateway District Superintendent
“JFON is an answer to prayers for the growing number of Hispanics in the Gateway District. There are several factories and plants that employ a large number of workers from this population… I fully support this ministry of hope, which is absent for so many.”
James, who was once a boy “lost to the world,” finds a new home and is reunited with his family at long last—and Justice For Our Neighbors is there to help him every step of the way.
When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.
-Leviticus 19: 33-34