Have you been trying to decide how to get more involved with your community, but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out with a humanitarian twist? Join us for our 2nd annual Jazz for Justice event, a night full of jazzy tunes and scrumptious food (we’re talking Cajun BBQ meatballs, roasted veggie platter, spinach-artichoke dip, and chocolate-covered strawberries!).Read More
“Compassion is loving others … I’ve learned one of the most important things is to just hear someone’s story. To stop, put your pencil down, because life is so busy and hard and complicated that people don’t give each other time.”Read More
Volunteers, Students and Partners:
Join us for a night of celebration, reflection and inspiration as we mark 20 years of service to the community.
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic cordially invites you to attend our 2014 Justice for All Celebration.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Cocktail Hour 6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner and Program 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Explore the grounds of the Indiana Landmarks Centerand join us in the Cook Theater and Grand Hall for a dynamic evening you won't soon forget.
Jeffrey Pankratz, a founding member of the Clinic, and President & CEO ofJustice Ventures International will be providing our Keynote Address.
Plated dinner and open bar. Business Attire.
On-site parking is available. Street parking is also available along Central Avenue.
- Marquee Sponsors -
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP Faegre Baker Daniels Benjamin & Abby Kuzma
- Event Sponsors -
Ice Miller, LLP Signature Home Companions
I'm pleased to introduce to you Gabriel Cummings, Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN) Housing Intern at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Gabriel was born in Carmel, Indiana but was raised out in Los Angeles, California for most of his life. Butler University brought Gabriel back to Indiana where he graduated last month with a degree in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies. At Butler, Gabriel was involved with service learning and worked for a year with Kaleidoscope Youth Center where he tutored students, led various activities and helped with Boy Scouts. When I asked Gabriel what drew him to do an internship at the Clinic he said he was " drawn to the whole premise of what the Clinic does. The Clinic helps people and deeply cares about their clients." Gabriel got to experience the Clinic through our IFPN Program where he assisted with the creation of the Clinic's new Financial Literacy workshop called "Building Wealth"; he also helped with the IFPN client workshops and lessened the load on our IFPN staff by assisting with database entry and filing.
According to Gabriel, "Social justice is an integral part of society that is often overlooked. Everyone should have access to resources and rights equally, but they should also be made aware of what their rights are and whether or not they do have equal access to them." Gabriel is passionate about helping others and he's particularly concerned with the educational aspects of social justice, "Not everyone knows what their rights are and we should all have access to this knowledge through education."
Gabriel volunteers because it gives him the opportunity to give back while also expanding his knowledge and experience of the world. "It also helps me connect with the community in which I live."
When I asked Gabriel what he liked about doing volunteer work at the Clinic he said, "When you come to the Clinic, you can tell that the work being done is more than just a job to the staff -- everyone is passionate with what they do and the services the Clinic provides." Gabriel learned much in his internship during the spring semester and was happy to stay on six extra weeks into the summer break before he moves back to California in July. Gabriel plans to join the service after some time back home in Los Angeles. He hopes that through serving his country he can also expand his knowledge of the law and become an attorney for the Navy. Gabriel is ambitious, energetic and has had a powerful impact as an intern at the Clinic.
Thanks for all your hard work and passion, Gabriel. We will miss you and wish you well with your journeys ahead.
Depending on your life experience and profession the word "asylum" can connote many different meanings. Maybe it makes you think of a mental hospital, a la One Floo Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; me – it makes me think of the wonder and greatness that a country can offer to an immigrant. Webster’s dictionary defines asylum as “protection given by a government to someone who has left another country in order to escape being harmed.” To me, this is an overly simplified definition. But then again, I’m a lawyer.
Asylum is complicated, challenging, engaging, frustrating, and heart breaking. Asylum can be a person’s only hope to escape the sure-death that they will face if they are forced to return home. But as terrifying as it is for the client, it is one of my favorite parts of my job. At the Clinic, asylum work is an opportunity for me to be creative, to think on my feet. And it is incredibly rewarding. When that approval comes and the client takes their first sigh of relief knowing that they are safe, there is no greater reward.
To those who know me, they know I LOVE my job. I get up every day excited about the prospect of helping people. But the problem is that the Clinic is one of the only organizations in central Indiana that will do asylum work for free. It can be incredibly time intensive and requires, at a minimum, one trip to Chicago. To me, that makes the work we do here at the Clinic all the more important. My hope is that through the work I do, I can share the love of Christ with each and every client.
I’ll leave you with a client quote (and a contact email, in case you are interested in assisting on an asylum in the future), “By your ministry, people can see God’s love and can know that there are Christians that really care for them.”
That, my friends, is what it is all about.
Rachel Van Tyle
Staff Attorney, Immigrant Justice Program