Full Circle will be spending some time this year formalizing our Immigrant Services offerings.
We are committed to bringing valuable, informational opportunities for our immigrant neighbors into the Leadville/Lake County community, including DACA Information Nights, Know Your Rights trainings, and Drivers License Information Workshops.
Our Family Resource Center provides Immigrant Services. Bilingual staff connects with client families to immigration legal advice, including assisting clients with completing immigration applications and related paperwork. Our Family Resource Center staff is trained in public charge considerations and will help clients determine which support programs may have later impacts on immigration applications and which will not.
Currently, through the Unmet Needs Committee in partnership with the Left Behind Workers fund, there are sources of COVID-19 relief specifically available to immigrant families.
If your family is experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related loss of income, please fill out this form and our Family Resource Center staff will contact you.
Related to Full Circle’s Immigrant Services are our language access programs. Full Circle partners with Lake County Public Library to offer a Language Exchange Program. Previously these were monthly evening language learning events open to anyone in the community interested in practicing English or Spanish, but, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Language Exchange is now offered as a one-to-one pairing of a Spanish learner and an English learner.
The program provides support and ideas for conversations and activities, but pairings meet on their own virtually or in-person with masks. To learn more about Language Exchange or to join the program, contact Sadie Rehm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Circle’s Family Engagement & Education Manager, Lauren Barrette, offers a Spanish class to English-speaking staff of local nonprofit and government agencies as well as to Full Circle staff and volunteer mentors. This class aims to develop basic Spanish skills of staff at local agencies in order to make them more accessible to Spanish-speaking community members.
Participants in the class complete small projects at the end of the 10-week course that are designed to promote language access in their workplace.