Free Training Aimed to Help Volunteers Prepare for President’s Executive Action

Poughkeepsie, NY – Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County, in partnership with the New York State Office for New Americans, recently hosted a regional training program with the New York Immigration Coalition. The free Community Navigator Training program was aimed at readying volunteers to assist individuals going through the immigration process prepare for the President’s Executive Action.

“Working with our immigrant neighbors is such an important part of what Catholic Charities does,” said Dan Buzi, Program and Volunteer Coordinator for Catholic Charities Community Services Office for New Americans. “We continue to prepare our staff, volunteers, and communities so that when Administrative Relief is available people are ready to apply for DACA and DAPA, and have knowledgeable support ready to assist them through the process,” added Buzi.

The training was especially geared toward helping small to medium-sized community-based organizations prepare for assisting individuals in need of Administrative Relief, specifically expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) assistance. Training participants included representatives from area libraries and schools, departments of Health and Social Services, as well as legal support staff and advocates, faith-based organizations, local government, and worker collectives.

The full-day Community Navigator Training provided attendees with the information necessary to conduct pre-screenings and referrals, as well as assist individuals with case preparation and document collection for application submission.

All trainees received access to a community provider toolkit, on-going technical assistance, and future training opportunities from the New York Immigration Coalition.

Those interested in assisting immigrants and volunteering as Community Navigators with Catholic Charities of Dutchess County should contact Dan Buzi at (845) 452-1400, ext. 4259.

For questions regarding an immigration matter, please call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636.  The Hotline is open from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday, and operators speak many languages.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County is dedicated to helping solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – both Catholic and non-Catholic, day in and day out, and always with compassion and dignity. Some of the ways that Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope are protecting and nurturing children and youth, feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless, strengthening families and resolving crises, supporting the physically and emotionally challenged, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees.