Holiday Card Party for Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program
Make holiday cards for people in detention centers to reclaim the spirit of Thanksgiving and give back on Black Friday. The back patio behind Full Circle Thrift will have card supplies, coffee and snacks all day to stimulate your creativity. Your efforts may help those in detention feel that they have not been forgotten. Handwritten letters are incredibly encouraging for those in detention centers.
Full Circle Thrift, 2245 Lake Ave, Altadena CA, 91101.
Black Friday, Nov 29, 2019, all day.
You are also welcome to make these cards at home with your family during the Thanksgiving holiday. Deliver the cards to Full Circle Thrift by December 4 for the cards to arrive on time. If you don't live near Altadena, you can mail them to Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program, but they need to arrive by Dec 10.
The instructions for making cards at home below include Spanish phrases, mailing information, and specific card requirement (for example stickers and glitter are not allowed, and envelopes cannot be sealed).
Shalom Mennonite Fellowship in Tucson, AZ (a member church of Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference) serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program which includes visitors from the larger Tucson community.
The Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program (CMDVP) works to end the isolation felt by immigrants held in detention through weekly visits and letters. Letters and visits tell individuals held for long periods of time in immigration detention that they are not forgotten and that someone cares about them, while they endure longtime separations from their children and families.
Money given to this program goes to direct support such as sending detained persons money for phone calls and commissary food, supporting with funds when some persons we visit are able to get released (clothing, inexpensive cell phone, travel costs), and to educating people about the oppressive system of for-profit immigration detention through our presentations to churches and border delegations.
The Full Circle Project is working together with West Coast Mennonite Central Committee to offer Immigration Workshops designed for our Southern California churches.
"Immigration Law Under the New Administration"
Gloria James explained how the new administration affects immigration law, and answered questions about how to navigate the immigration process.
November 10, 2019, 1pm
Family Mennonite Church
6520 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles CA 90062
West Coast MCC Mission Statement:
The West Coast MCC program seeks to demonstrate the spirit of God’s love and grace, to welcome the newcomer, build awareness, to advocate and to find constructive responses to the needs, concerns, and unjust systems faced by immigrants on the West Coast.
Gloria James is an immigrant who now works as a Department of Justice accredited representative with the West Coast Mennonite Central Committee's Immigration Office. For over a decade her passion has been to be a servant to people who are immigrants like herself. She sees the challenges people face and wants to help them to find a better life in the U.S. and give people access to take advantage of the opportunities available to them. She has a Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering from the Universidad Cesar Vallejo in Peru.