Service, Empowerment, and Positive Social Change
As the only organization in our region with its primary focus on serving immigrants, Compañeros offers unique and crucial services to our community.
Many of our clients do not have a fluency in English, an understanding of how American government systems (immigration, justice, or social) function, or a trust in the aforementioned systems. The bilingual assistance we provide is incredibly diverse and extends beyond any single category, and on any given day we might help a client with resolving a tax issue, applying for an immigrant driver’s license, service navigation, and more. We also provide information to non-immigrant individuals and agencies such as employers, educators, and health providers.
We offer low-cost assistance for immigration-related legal processes and procedures through the Department of Justice's "Recognition and Accreditation" program. As a Recognized organization, we provide the legal services our clients need to be successful in navigating the process of applying for citizenship, residency, asylum, refugee status, and more.
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We provide educational workshops and events in order to empower our clients with the knowledge they need to be successful on subjects like immigrant driver’s licenses, constitutional rights, and COVID-19 vaccines. Our "La Escuelita" program provides educational after school support to immigrant children with activities and tutoring in collaboration with a wide range of local organizations. And we also hold events for the non-immigrant community in order to foster understanding and awareness of immigrant issues as well as a culture of inclusivity.
In order to foster resilience and build strength in our immigrant community, we organize our community members and connect them to the resources they need to succeed. Recently, we have assisted members of the Westside mobile home park organize in order to form a cooperative and fight for their right to a place to live in our local community. In the past we also advocated for language justice in local government, fairer practices in the school district, and a separation between federal immigration officials and local law enforcement agencies.