W E L C O M E
…a word of greeting to a guest or newcomer upon arrival. It is meant to introduce someone to a new setting and make them feel at ease. At AIN, we do our best to welcome our immigrant neighbors and give them space to share their stories. We want them to know that they matter and that they belong. Since AIN opened in 2015, AIN has welcomed over 300 immigrant neighbors through our doors. Many have received some form of relief, such as citizenship or a green card, and some are not qualified for any benefit at this time. Whatever the situation, providing quality and affordable legal assistance remains a critical need in our diverse immigrant communities, now more than ever. We want to personally thank you for your faithful support of AIN. Over half of our operating budget relies on partnership contributions like yours. We consider it a great privilege to steward your generosity by serving immigrant families throughout Chicagoland. While we are well into 2019, let’s look back at AIN’s milestones up to 2018:
Top 11 Communities Served:
Elk Grove Village
Immigrants Served from over 45 Countries
Africa, Albania, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Congo, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia
Most Common Forms of Relief Sought
Adjustment of Status/Consular Processing (Green Card)
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
U Visa (Nonimmigrant visa for victims of crime)
2018 a year full of firsts for AIN. For the first time ever, we…
Provided free legal screenings at the Des Plaines Public Library
Hosted a Health and Wellness Fair with Living Hope Church
Conducted a Spanish language Self-Care Workshop at Maine West High School
Hired a summer intern through a grant from Tyson Foods
MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018…
Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (October)
Mirza (right) shared about living in fear from uncertainty about her immigration status. She is now an advocate for others in her situation.
Living Hope Church prepares Thanksgiving meal kits for AIN neighbors.
Perhaps the most noteworthy change for AIN has been the development of community relationships. We are proud to be a trusted resource for immigration information and have expanded our community education efforts. None of this would be possible without your support and partnership. Whether you made a donation, volunteered your time, or told a loved one about our services, YOU are what makes AIN possible and we cannot wait to see what else 2019 holds.