Friends of World Relief,
It is with tremendous grief and sadness that I announce World Relief Memphis will be closing our Immigration Legal Services program October 31st. Due to shifting priorities of the current administration, World Relief has had to make this difficult, but necessary decision to remain viable for future community impact.
While we remain committed to welcoming, serving, and befriending our newest neighbors through a variety of programs, we unfortunately don’t have the capacity to fill our staffing needs in this program area in a manner that will ensure quality service provision. World Relief Memphis' legal specialist and a team of volunteers have been working in partnership with our legal program technical unit at World Relief headquarters in an effort to close this program and communicate with each impacted client.
This update is particularly challenging for all of us at World Relief, our community partners, and those we serve. World Relief Memphis has viewed our role in providing legal assistance as an expression of our faithful calling to love the sojourner in our midst while meeting a tangible need. As the need for legal services continues to grow amidst an increasingly complex immigration system, we lament the reality that there will be fewer trained legal specialists in our community to serve vulnerable families.
Please join me in praying for those individuals and families who are separated from loved ones, navigating a complex legal system, and are in need of a warm welcome from their neighbor; as well as the staff of World Relief being laid off as a result of this program closure.
Finally, will you please consider joining World Relief Memphis in our steadfast commitment to empowering the local church to serve the most vulnerable by becoming a Welcome Partner? Your investment in the resiliency of our newest neighbors and capacity to serve the local church and community is greatly appreciated.
Steadfast in our commitment to love our neighbor,
PJ Moore, Director