Lower cost appliances, including washer/dryers / Electrodomésticos a menor costo, incluyendo lavadoras/secadoras

Here are two options for lower cost appliances, including Washer and dryers:

(1) Buy Closeouts (most deeply discounted due to minor scratch/dents) west side Bloomington Address: 3478 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47404 Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; phone: (812) 822-2010; Behind Crew car wash and up the street North from “Once upon a child”. New, units.

(2) Big Jon’s Used Appliances, offers: In-store shopping · Delivery; 611 W 11th St Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47404 Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:3-0 pm; Sat /Sun 10-3pm; Phone: (812) 287-7021

Aquí, dos opciones para electrodomésticos de bajo costo, incluidas lavadoras y secadoras:

(1) Liquidaciones (la mayoría con grandes descuentos debido a rayones/abolladuras menores) West side Bloomington Dirección:

3478 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47404

Horario: lunes a sábado de 11 a. m. a 7 p. m.; teléfono: (812) 822-2010; Detrás del lavado de autos Crew y calle arriba al norte de “ONCE UPON A CHILD”. Nuevo, unidades.

(2) Big Jon’s Used Appliances, ofrece: Compras en la tienda Entrega;
611 W 11th St Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47404

Abierto de lunes a viernes de 9:30 am a 5:3-0 pm; sábados y domingos de 10 a 15 h;
Teléfono: (812) 287-7021

Free Internet for lower income folks / Internet gratis para personas de bajos ingresos

There is a government program Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that both AT&T and Comcast participate in. For eligible households, this program will give a $30 credit. Plus there is an option for getting an additional line for phone, tablet, etc.
An even better program is Internet Essentials. Which provides basic cable for at $9.95 or even free $0.00) after providing documentation for SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance or Free Lunch and book program at MCCSC.

I have helped several families enroll with this program.

It is easier to do this when you start service or at the end of your agreed contract (1-2 years).

I attached a brochure for this program with Comcast Xfinity.

This is NOT TV. But only for cable, to get wireless, so school kids and you can interact with school, etc.

The families are able to watch TV, many different free channels using wireless and Roku (or Amazon Fire, etc).

Internet gratis

Hispanic and Latinx immigrants finds uncertain welcome in Hoosier state

A notable example, in May 2011, was Indiana Senate Bill 590, which granted police officers permission to ask for proof of legal status under “reasonable suspicion,” according to LegiScan, a national data service. According to an article published by Indiana Public Media, the bill sponsor, Republican Sen. Mike Delph, who was in office from 2005 to 2018, said the bill was inspired by already-existing standards of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I believe, to most people in Indiana, if you cannot speak the English language and you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, you’re probably not lawfully in the country,” Delph said, per the 2011 article.


Please join us walking in the 4th of July Parade on behalf of immigrants

Good morning.  
Bloomington Parks and Recreation in partnership with Downtown Bloomington, Inc. is proud to once again present the Bloomington 4th of July Parade.     

The parade will be on Monday July 4th with a kickoff at 10am.  The parade will have a new route this year and will be on College Ave and Walnut St. between Kirkwood Ave. and 10th St. Staging will be in parking lots and along the streets near City Hall on Morton Street between 7th and 10th Streets.

The Immigration Justice Task Force (IJTF) has again signed up for this parade, and traditionally, the Refugee Support Network joins them and several faith communities, in their efforts to publicly welcome and highlight the many wonderful contributions that recent immigrants continue to make in our community. 

This parade is a wonderful way to acknowledge the presence and importance of immigrants in our midst, but it is important to have a bunch of people marching and holding upbeat signs to lift up this message.  
The Immigration Justice Task Force has always included a coalition of groups, ranging from immigrant support entities to non-profits like the Refugee Support Network to support committees at different houses of worship, as well as individuals of good will.  Many of you are active most recently in supporting new refugees and asylum seekers who have come or are coming to our community.
PLEASE contact your faith community and organization members, and friends & family members about joining us to march!!!  By our presence we want to bear witness to a happy & upbeat community that values the richness that our immigrant neighbors bring to us.  I know that I need to do some outreach as well!  In the past participating in the parade with the IJTF has been a joyful experience.
Please reply back and let us know if you would be willing to walk in this parade with your kids.   Perhaps you have some ideas about positive, upbeat signs to carry.  

Support Network (BRSN)

Buenos dias.
 Bloomington Parks and Recreation en asociación con Downtown Bloomington, Inc. se enorgullece de presentar una vez más el Desfile del 4 de julio de Bloomington.  El desfile será el lunes 4 de julio con un inicio a las 10 am.

 El desfile tendrá una nueva ruta este año y estará en College Ave y Walnut St. entre Kirkwood Ave. y 10th St. La puesta en escena se realizará en estacionamientos y a lo largo de las calles cerca de City Hall en Morton Street entre 7th y 10th Street.

 El Grupo de Trabajo de Justicia de Inmigración (IJTF, por sus siglas en inglés) se ha inscrito nuevamente en este desfile, y tradicionalmente, la Red de Apoyo a los Refugiados se une a ellos y a varias comunidades religiosas, en sus esfuerzos por dar la bienvenida públicamente y resaltar las muchas contribuciones maravillosas que los inmigrantes recientes continúan haciendo en nuestro  comunidad.

Este desfile es una forma maravillosa de reconocer la presencia y la importancia de los inmigrantes entre nosotros, pero es importante que haya un grupo de personas marchando y sosteniendo pancartas animadas para elevar este mensaje.

 El Grupo de trabajo de justicia de inmigración siempre ha incluido una coalición de grupos, que van desde entidades de apoyo a inmigrantes hasta organizaciones sin fines de lucro como Refugee Support Network para apoyar comités en diferentes lugares de culto, así como personas de buena voluntad.  Muchos de ustedes están activos más recientemente en el apoyo a nuevos refugiados y solicitantes de asilo que han venido o están viniendo a nuestra comunidad.

 ¡POR FAVOR, comuníquese con los miembros de su comunidad y organización de fe, y con amigos y familiares para unirse a nosotros en la marcha!  Con nuestra presencia queremos dar testimonio de una comunidad feliz y optimista que valora la riqueza que nos traen nuestros vecinos inmigrantes.  ¡Sé que también necesito hacer algo de divulgación!  En el pasado, participar en el desfile con la IJTF ha sido una experiencia alegre.

 Responda y háganos saber si estaría dispuesto a participar en este desfile con sus hijos.  Tal vez tenga algunas ideas sobre signos positivos y optimistas para llevar.

Support Network (BRSN)

Doula program at El Centro Comunal Latino

El Centro has a birthing support doula program, designed to help pregnant mothers, deliver their baby with confidence, and a minimum of distress.   

The Refugee Support Network also has volunteer supporters that are experienced doulas. 

El Centro tiene un programa de doula de apoyo al parto, diseñado para ayudar a las madres embarazadas, dar a luz a su bebé con confianza y un mínimo de angustia.   

La Red de Apoyo a los Refugiados también tiene voluntarios que son doulas con experiencia. 

Llame al Centro Comunal Latino
812-355-7513 (elcentrocomunal@gmail.com)

Hoosier Hills Food bank has a wonderful Neighborhood pantry

Hoosier Hills Food bank has a wonderful Neighborhood pantry,
Where: Heatherwood Community Building
3660 South Leonard Springs Road (take bus 4 West)
When: every 3rd Monday, 2-4 pm
Who: all are welcome!

No questions asked, no need to provide

El banco de alimentos Hoosier Hills tiene una maravillosa despensa para la comunidad,
Donde: Edificio Comunitario Heatherwood
3660 South Leonard Springs Road (tomar el autobús 4 West)
Cuando: cada 3er lunes, 2-4 pm
Quién: todos son bienvenidos!

Sin preguntas, no hay que aportar

Support our community efforts to help asylum seekers, refugees and other displaced migrants

A wonderful music performance group, the Chasqui Quartet has organized a concert tour that includes  Bloomington, Franklin TN and Nashville TN. 

Following a successful Colorado residency in 2021, Chasqui Quartet presents “Journeys,” a musical trek crossing centuries and continents. Music of Florence Price, Franz Josef Haydn, and Gabriela Lena Frank depicts travel on foot and on horseback, up mountains and into the spiritual realm. 

Playing together since 2019, Chasqui Quartet is known for their commitment to the storytelling power of music, creating immersive concert experiences rooted in local communities and causes.     Several of the members are very active and well known in our community.   

This group is very supportive of our community efforts to help asylum seekers, refugees and other displaced migrants, and they are donating a portion of the proceeds from this tour to the Bloomington Refugee Support Network.      

The concert in Bloomington is 5/31/2022, at 7pm at the First United Church. 
Please review the attached poster as well as a press document detailing their concert and locations. 

Thanks to the First United Church for hosting this event.   
Please share with your friends and family, and I hope you can join us being part of this spectacular musical journey. 
Please come and celebrate this musical journey.  Tuesday May 31,  7pm.  First United Church, 2420 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401

Reducing Immigration Harms America’s Economy 

Donald Trump’s immigration policies were harmful to America’s long-term economic future. That becomes clearer as one compares the Trump administration’s actions to the projected increase in the number of immigrants under recently introduced immigration legislation. The U.S. Citizenship Act, developed by the Biden administration, would aid long-term economic growth by increasing the number of legal immigrants by 28%. In contrast, Trump administration policies would have cut legal immigration in half. The immigration policy path America chooses in the long-term will make a significant impact on economic growth and future labor force growth, of which immigrants are a vital part.

Read Forbes article here

and Insider article ”immigration would help curb both inflation and the labor shortage”

About 6 million U.S. adults identify as Afro-Latino

Afro-Latino identity is a distinct one, with deep roots in colonial Latin America. As a result, it can often exist alongside a person’s Hispanic, racial or national origin identities. The life experiences of Afro-Latinos are shaped by race, skin tone and other factors, in ways that differ from other Hispanics. And though most Afro-Latinos identify as Hispanic or Latino, not all do so, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on a survey of U.S. adults conducted from November 2019 to June 2020.


Social media suggests that getting food stamps for your US citizen child (when you are not citizens) will cause problems with your immigration process.   NOT TRUE! 

The Public charge has never applied to asylum seekers applicants, but was intended to apply to those seeking status as a family members of someone with a green card or citizen

USDA and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a letter clarifying that applying for or receiving SNAP does not make someone a public charge and will not be considered in a public charge determination. 

Applying for or receiving SNAP will not affect someone’s ability to:
– Remain in the United States
– Get a Green Card/Permanent Legal Resident Status,
– Keep a Green Card/Permanent Legal Resident Status, or
– Become a U.S. Citizen.
– SNAP Logo Guidance

You can also apply for SNAP on behalf of the eligible immigrants or U.S. citizens in your family, even if you do not want to apply for benefits for yourself, without affecting your or their immigration status. For example, if a parent is not eligible for SNAP because of their immigration status, they can still apply for their eligible children. The SNAP office is not allowed to ask for immigration documents for people who are not applying to receive benefits themselves.

If you need food help, and you or members of your household qualify, please apply for SNAP for yourself or your family. Do it for your family’s good!

For more information relating to general immigration information in English or in Spanish, please call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. 

For general information about SNAP, please call 1-800-221-5689 (English only) or 202-720-2791 (English and Spanish) to be connected to your state’s SNAP hotline.

For more information, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/joint-letter-public-charge (Spanish and English language versions are attached below). 

NEW: Applying for or Receiving SNAP Does Not Make Someone a Public Charge – Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (feedingindianashungry.org)

There are income limits associated with being eligible for SNAP/  
Find Free Food and Groceries | Feeding America

-So, if you have questions,  reach out and we will put you in touch with local organizations who can help you walk through this. 

Similarly,   having Emergency Medicaid does NOT jeopardize your immigration process

” Applying for or receiving Medicaid or CHIP benefits, or getting savings for health insurance costs in the Marketplace, doesn’t make someone a “public charge”. This means it won’t affect their chances of becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident or U.S. citizen.” 

The one exception is if you are in a long term care facility (nursing home), at government expense.   But not routine medical treatment. 

Health coverage for lawfully present immigrants | HealthCare.gov