Pathways to Progress Graduation

On September 17th, Pathways to Progress celebrated its first graduation, celebrating the success and hard work of the Members throughout the program. The Meaning of Graduation The nine graduating Members, their friends and family, Pathways to Progress staff and supporters celebrated together at the Savoy Banquet Center in Florissant,...

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A Focus on Housing Accessibility: St. Francis Community Services Southside

Creating a Home in St. Louis When individuals are able to purchase homes within their means, it’s a win for both themselves and the surrounding community. Purchasing a home often provides a foundation for long-term wealth and a stronger stake in the neighborhood. In order to ensure that housing...

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Pro-Se Asylum Clinic

In August, St. Francis Community Services, along with the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project, the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA), and the Center for Growing Justice hosted our first Pro-Se Asylum Clinic. “Pro-se” refers to “in one’s own behalf,” describing that the person will...

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Understanding Asylum Outside the Law Classroom

Teresa Flores is a third-year law student at the Saint Louis University School of Law, and is the upcoming Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the Student Bar Association. She was a part of the class, Removal Defense Project: Sheltering Vulnerable Immigrant Children and Families, taught by St....

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SFCS and SLU Law Partner to Train a New Generation of Attorneys

When Lena Salameh thinks about individuals seeking asylum and relief from deportation, she says, “I often think of the poem by Warsan Shire, ‘Nobody leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” She describes her own family’s journey of immigration – her dad immigrated when he was...

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Veterans Advocacy Project: Removing Barriers to a Better Future

(Image above: St. Francis Community Services marching in the Stand Up for Women Veterans parade in November, 2018) Veterans Advocacy Project attorney Stephanie Lummus often spends her Thursdays away from the St. Francis Community Services Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry office. Preparing for City Diversion Court, she assesses the courtroom...

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