Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project

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A Ministry of Hospitality and Social Justice

University UMC is collaborating with the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA) to educate our congregation and the community on issues of immigrants and the related social justice issues, and to connect to and provide hospitality and support to local immigrant communities, with an emphasis on facilitating legal assistance through MICA and its legal staff. 

The Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project, located at 9300 Olive Blvd, is a community organization committed to working with low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice. The MICA Project utilizes legal services, organizing, advocacy, and education to promote the voice and human dignity of immigrant communities. They have three full-time immigrant law lawyers on staff and are a 501c3 organization.

Just three statistics for you: 

  1. University UMC and MICA are located in the second largest cluster of immigrants in St. Louis Metro Area (the first being in South St. Louis). 
  2. 9% of households in the area speak other than English at home. 
  3. About half of persons before the federal immigration court for Missouri appear without counsel (and the court is in Kansas City).

We are working in four areas of collaboration:

  1. Educate our congregation on immigrant issues of social justice.
  2. Provide hospitality through hosting events for the community
  3. Help connect immigrants to MICA’s presence and services
  4. Provide support to MICA through volunteer work

Opportunities to help with this collaboration include:

  1. Volunteering to help with website maintenance
  2. Volunteering weekly in filing
  3. Provide legal advice on matters not pertaining to immigrant law.
  4. Translate or interpret in various languages.
  5. Assist with accounting and/or accounting entry
  6. Provide hospitality at events
  7. Provide financial support to MICA (See their website for more information)
  8. Educate yourself on immigration and refugee issues by attending one or more MICA informational events.
  9. Advocate for reform of US immigration and refugee systems.
  10. Contribute new clothing for infants, sizes 6 months to 1 year, such as onesies, sweaters, etc.  You may drop off in the church office.

Contact at University UMC: Tom Mitchell 314-725-4003 or Tomm8132@gmail.com