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Huntington church is discussing how to be welcoming for immigrants in the community

St. Peter's First Community Church opened its doors to have open dialogue on immigration and how it impacts Northeast Indiana- specifically the Huntington community.

Posted: Oct 27, 2019 8:50 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2019 10:17 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) - People at St. Peter's First Community Church are working on how to be more helpful to immigrants who come to Huntington, Indiana.

"The ideal would be that congregations are lead into a conversation in their own congregation so they can then say we feel uniquely called and gifted to do whatever ministries might be needed taken care of," Pastor Zen Hess said.

The discussion is something Pastor Hess and organizer Logan Patterson hope will inspire others to look further into how immigration impacts Indiana.

This event is part of something that's been going on for a year in partnership with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

"We put on a series for 'Know Your Rights' seminars making sure the immigrants in our community were no matter what stage of documentation they were in, that they have the knowledge they need to know to survive and thrive here," Patterson explained.

People who attended heard what it's like to be an immigrant first hand from Raquel Kauffman who was one of the panelists.

Kauffman came to America from Venezuela at the age of one.

She shared her story in hopes of helping others with a similar story to hers.

"Especially for people in a community like Huntington that doesn't have a large immigrant population to speak up and share those stories for people who maybe still feel shame or shy about it, I want to be an advocate," she said.

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