The Power of Presence Placing the focus more on the "how" than the "what"

As the year draws to a close, program directors and agencies reflect back over what they’ve accomplished – how many families fed, how many volunteer hours served, how many persons enrolled in classes. But I’m not going to do that. One of the things that distinguishes LUCHA Ministries is not what we do, but how we do […]

Immigrant Fears Information is Key in Addressing Immigrant Fears

Recalibrating, thinking about shutting down refugee offices. Consoling children and comforting parents fearful to leave home. Reminding DREAMers of the risk of applying for DACA. Grieving for people of color. Struggling to address questions and fears among immigrant friends. And Praying Together. Immigration advocates and agencies – including LUCHA Ministries in Fredericksburg, Virginia – found […]

Immigration Legal Services Program A Leap of Faith -- and Now a Reality

“Taking on an initiative this size to offer [immigration] legal services to our community is really a leap of faith for us, and we’re really excited about the opportunity to serve our community this way.” So comments Sue Smith, executive director of LUCHA Ministries in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Since its founding 12 years ago, LUCHA Ministries […]

Being Brown in the USA Race, Ethnicity, and the Struggle for Identity

“When I looked in the mirror, I hated what I saw there, I hated who I was.  I saw brown, and I hated being brown.” While “brown” isn’t a race, people are often stereotyped based on their appearance and skin color, including the spectrum of “brownness.”  And for many Latino youth, this can lead to […]

Nourishment for the Fredericksburg Community LUCHA's Hunger Relief Ministry

By Caitlyn Furr I have the privilege of interning with LUCHA ministries this summer through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s (CBF) Student.Go program. After completing CBF’s orientation, I began interning with LUCHA at the beginning of June. I am a graduate student at Emory, seeking a Master’s of Divinity and a Master’s of Public Health. This […]

Beyond the Band-Aid Legal Aid Ministry that Makes a Difference

Band-Aid: ˈbandād/ noun  NORTH AMERICAN trademark an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor wounds. a makeshift or temporary solution: “A band-aid solution to a much deeper problem”   We all know what a Band-Aid is, and we all know what a Band-Aid does.  A Band-Aid covers a wound…and really […]

Immigration Legal Services Taking "Welcoming the Stranger" a Step Farther

On April 15th, LUCHA submitted the paperwork to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals requesting recognition that will allow us to open an Immigration Legal Services office.  As a BIA-recognized agency, LUCHA Ministries will have the capacity to offer low-cost immigration legal services by assisting qualifying immigrants applying for an immigration legal […]

“Compared to the situation at hand…there is a big need.” Reflections on Immigration Law: Quotes from BGAV's Basic Immigration Law and Procedure Training

*All quotes are direct from anonymous participants at the BGAV Law Training In the middle of last month, LUCHA’s administrator and co-founder Greg Smith facilitated a Basic Immigration Law and Procedure Training event at the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). Co-sponsored by the BGAV and Poarch Law Firm, this 40-hour training seminar was designed […]

#11for11million 11 Days for the 11 Million: Recapping LUCHA's first Instagrampaign

On April 2nd, we finished our first-ever social media awareness campaign, #11for11million!  What does that hashtag mean, you wonder?  With the introduction of our Instagram account, we took 11 days to highlight immigration issues in the U.S. and to give you an inside look into who we are and why we do what we do. […]

A Dangerous Journey They know the dangers and they come anyway. What does that say about the situations they left?

 Since 2014, Central Americans have been fleeing their homes en masse in hopes of making it to the United States. Officially recognized by President Obama as a humanitarian crisis , the Northern Triangle region (including El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) is plagued by dangerously high rates of gang-related violence, political insecurity, and organized crime groups; […]

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