Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON)
will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month, and you are invited
. The board of Iowa JFON is encouraging everyone to join to learn about its history as well as the plans for the future of JFON in our state.
Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors is a non-profit organization, welcoming low-income immigrants of all faiths into churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
Established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999, Iowa JFON started with one clinic location, many volunteers and an attorney coming in from National JFON
. Iowa JFON has grown to seven clinic sites covering the whole state, located in Cedar Rapids, Columbus Junction, Decorah, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Marshalltown and Storm Lake. Iowa JFON has three full-time attorneys and additional staff members ready to serve as many clients as they can.
In a letter of invitation
, the board wrote, "We have accomplished much over the previous years because you believe in what we are doing. Looking towards the future we want to continue to offer free high-quality legal immigration services throughout the state of Iowa. Our attorneys are doing an amazing job in an ever-changing legal system."
The board continued, saying that the most difficult task is to maintain funding. Financial grants, apportionment funding, client contributions and donations are what keeps JFON able to help as many people as they can.
The open house will be held on October 26, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the JFON office at 2024 Forest Ave, Suite 101 in Des Moines.
If you aren't able to attend but would like to give a donation in honor of the 20th Anniversary, please give directly to Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors online
, or by mailing checks to the above address.