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Help Casa Esther Continue Supporting Immigrants and Their Families

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Federal and Wisconsin government distribution of funds during the pandemic—in the form of stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, and other assistance—has provided a financial lifeline for many, but not all, who are being hit hard by COVID-19.

One group of people need such assistance desperately but are not eligible for Federal or state COVID-19 help. These immigrants live in our communities, contribute to the economy, and pay taxes. Many are front-line, essential workers on dairy farms, in meat-packing plants and cheese factories, in restaurants and cleaning services, in non-profits and small businesses throughout the Fox Valley.

There’s a way you can help.

Casa Esther, a Catholic Worker House in Omro, and an ESTHER member, was established in 2010. It works with the immigrant community, providing services in Spanish and French, serving the Fox Valley community and surrounding areas with a community garden, music program, legal immigration advocacy, social justice immigrant victim services and financial assistance for basic needs to address the poverty crisis. Since last May, the increase in calls due to the pandemic initiated the Distribution Project Campaign, developed in collaboration with the ESTHER Immigration Task Fthe orce. The project was awarded a significant grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way of the Fox Cities. Casa Esther has been able to distribute nearly $20,000 helping over 100 immigrant families with assistance for rent, food, utilities, transportation, mental health services, immigrant visa fees and legal services.

As the pandemic has continued, so too has the need. Contributions in support of this project may be sent directly to Casa Esther at 320 N Webster Ave, Omro 54963. Or make your donation by visiting Casa Esther’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CasaEstherOmro.

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