Although Lighthouse has served over 1,200 individuals and their families, there are estimated to be between 15,000 and 16,000 foreign-born individuals in Ottawa County. Many of these individuals lack access to information regarding immigration. In the Spring of 2019, Lighthouse launched the Legal Outreach Program, a volunteer-based program, that seeks to fill this access gap by providing individuals and groups important information regarding immigrant rights and resources.
The objectives of the program are:
to bring reliable information about rights and resources to the immigrant and refugee population in Ottawa and Allegan counties through community outreach
to provide the immigrant community with tools and knowledge they need to avoid scams, notarios, and other forms of exploitation
to connect immigrants and refugees with resources in West Michigan to assist them in achieving stability and security
Interested in becoming a Legal Outreach Team Member?
Lighthouse is seeking community members who are passionate about helping us bridge access gaps to resources and information for immigrants & refugees in Ottawa County. If this sounds like you, the Legal Outreach Program could be the perfect fit! What we look for in a Team Member:
- Bilingual in Spanish and English
- Works well in a team
- Comfortable speaking in front of a crowd
- Responsive to email, phone, and/or text
- Has established rapport with immigrant community (preferred, not required)
Click below to fill out a submission of interest as a Legal Outreach Team Member.
Read more about the information the Legal Outreach Team shares on our Know Your Rights page.