Justice For Our Neighbors

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At Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), we work on behalf of the Iowa Annual Conference United Methodist Churches to transform the lives of immigrant and refugee families with high quality immigration legal services that are free to our low income clients in the tradition of UMCOR, the agency which started JFON here in Iowa 17 years ago.

Please visit our webpage at www.iaumc.org/jfonstories  to read the most recent client stories as contributed by our staff:  Brynne Howard, Ann Naffier, April Palma, Emily Sohn Rebelskey, Grisell Herrera and Laura Mendoza.  These stories show the important work being done in the name of the United Methodist Church to help people who are often found on the margins of our society or who have suffered great hardships to find a safe haven in our country. 

United Methodists in Iowa continue to reach out to their brothers and sisters of different faiths, nationalities and languages at church-based immigration legal clinics staffed by JFON. Congratulations to our newest, number six, in Marshalltown, a collaboration between First UMC and Hope UMC.  They join us in believing the truth of these words of Jesus: “As you have done it unto the least of these,  my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

Watch the story of the Justice for Our Neighbors clinic in Decorah, IA.

Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.

Established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999, JFON helps people from all over the world. Our services are available to all without regard to race, gender, or religion. Clinics are located in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Columbus Junction, Storm Lake, Ottumwa and Decorah.

We Couldn’t Do the Ministry Without You

The generosity of the donation at the Iowa Annual Conference is another reminder that Justice for Our Neighbors couldn’t minister to refugees and immigrants without the over-whelming support of faithful United Methodists here in Iowa. The collection of  $5,766.00 during the Ordering of Ministry Service is humbling, but motivating as well. What a good feeling to know that our volunteers who give their time and energy and prayers are supported by the Iowa Annual Conference members in this mission. What an affirmation of the hard work of our three attorneys: Brynne Howard, Ann Naffier and Joy Moore, as well as our legal secretary, Grisell Herrera. When JFON was started here 15 years ago with a grant from UMCOR, we were told that the only way we would be able to continue was if the annual conference would offer financial and moral support. What an answer to prayer and what an answer to the needs of low income immigrants and refugees by you, our brothers and sisters of the Iowa Annual Conference,  who continue to affirm that we are ALL God’s children.