Write your Members of Congress urging them to take action against hate crimes targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
One of NAC’s strength’s as an advocacy organization is its connection with Good Shepherd partner agencies working in the field. They offer us on-the-ground information about the needs of their clients - the people whose voices we want heard on Capitol Hill - and they provide examples of best practices for direct service efforts.
With that in mind, we are highlighting the national network of Good Shepherd agencies that are on the Road to Justice with their clients and are making differences that can be replicated in other cities and towns across the country. These agencies are aligned with the Congregation’s core values of Individual Worth, Mercy, Reconciliation and Zeal – values that infuse the way the agencies go about meeting needs in their local communities.
Good Shepherd Services Atlanta
Stereotypes are not necessarily accurate. And they can breed resentment, mistrust, hatred. When Sr. Christine Truong, RGS, arrived in Atlanta in 1993, she discovered an increasing number of impoverished and vulnerable immigrants and refugees from Asia who were adrift in a world where few spoke their language.
Today, Good Shepherd Services Atlanta (GSSA) reaches out to the poor, counsels families and youths at risk, offers translations, conducts citizenship classes, promotes cultural enrichment, and provides elderly services.
The staff serves refugees and immigrants experiencing psychological, social, legal, and family difficulties and, through prevention, intervention, outreach, and community building, the staff helps these men, women and children achieve self-reliance and become contributing members of American society.
In the process, GSSA has developed a good relationship with immigration offices and the police department. The police know of GSSA and they know Sr. Christine.
Good Shepherd Services Atlanta adroitly adapts to the changing needs of its community members. And since COVID-19, the Asian community of Atlanta has seen increasing numbers of racially motivated verbal attacks and physical assaults.
Most of the Asians being targeted are the most vulnerable. They are poor, uneducated, and new to the United States. They cannot speak English well enough to respond and don’t understand the system to seek intervention.
GSSA’s emphasis on the individual and his or her needs puts these new immigrants and refugees first. Services include immigration services, professional counseling, DUI programming, domestic violence intervention and anger management programs, translation services, citizenship prep classes, child care classes, public assistance support, summer programming for children, community services, and more. Whatever is needed.
Good Shepherd Services Atlanta serves refugees and immigrants regardless of ethnicity, gender or religious belief - providing programs that bring hope, restore dignity, and improve their quality of life.
See and share our complete information sheet on Good Shepherd Services Atlanta (GSSA).
CORA Services, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is rooted in the Good Shepherd tradition of care and compassion, the mission of CORA Services is to assist children, youth and families experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges which impede their development and productivity. A private, not-for-profit organization, CORA provides an array of comprehensive professional services focused on prevention, intervention, remediation and referral assistance. “CORA” in fact is an acronym for “Counseling Or Referral Assistance.” For CORA, children are at the heart of the matter; if CORA cannot fill a child’s unmet need, the organization will help individuals and families to find the help they need.
Society right now is searching for alternatives to armed police in its pursuit of community welfare and well-being. CORA is on the Road to Justice with its clients and is making a difference that can be replicated in other cities. In this particular moment for our country we spotlight CORA’s Intensive Prevention Services (IPS). The IPS program seeks to identify and serve youth at higher risk for truancy/dropout, delinquency and other potential challenges that could impact the family and community.
IPS is just one way that CORA works to meet vulnerable youth where they are and provide them with the tools they need to succeed and thrive. Working in partnership with the Department of Human Services, Philadelphia’s police force and other local agencies, CORA demonstrates the difference an engaged community can make in the lives of those on the margin.
See and share our complete information sheet on CORA.