NIJON celebration sends message of welcoming to refugees

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Claudia Smith shares her experience as the first NIJFON client at the Aurora Clinic at Fourth Street UMC. (photo by Al Benson)

Claudia Smith of Aurora, Ill., reflected on being the Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors‘ first client during a special celebration held on Saturday, April 2.

After assistance by a clinic attorney, Smith became a volunteer at the monthly outreach. Remarks by Smith, other clients and volunteers highlighted a luncheon to celebrate the clinic’s fifth anniversary at Fourth Street UMC in Aurora.

The event opened with youth and adults penning 40 letters on pillowcases bound for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner urging him to give refugees a place to rest their heads.

The fabric letters urged Rauner to welcome refugees to Illinois regardless of their point of origin. Success of the Aurora clinic led to the founding of two other clinics at UMC churches in Rockford and Chicago.

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Volunteers and clients of the Aurora Justice For Our Neighbors free immigration clinic pose with pillowcase letters to Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner. A luncheon on April 2 at Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora celebrated the clinic’s fifth anniversary. (photo by Al Benson)




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