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JFON Metro Detroit office has new home

Church members

The Metro Detroit office of Justice for Our Neighbors-Michigan recently moved from Beverly Hills UMC to Dearborn: First UMC.

Advocacy and Outreach Manager and Metro Detroit Regional Liaison
Justice for Our Neighbors-Michigan

After residing for over 11 years at the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, we recently moved our Metro Detroit office to Dearborn: First United Methodist Church.

Beverly Hills UMC provided generous hospitality and large, comfortable office space. We were a relatively new organization when we established our office there, and our legal services became well-established in the community and grew.

Pastor of Beverly Hills UMC and Tori Booker
Tori Booker, JFON-MI Advocacy and Outreach Manager and Regional Liaison (center), stands with Pastor Ava Euper, Beverly Hills UMC pastor (left), and Mark Campbell, Building Manager (right). ~ photo courtesy Tori Booker

Pastors David Huseltine, Suzanne Walls, Anthony Ballah, and Ava Euper were so supportive of our work and mission, and we enjoyed getting to know the members of the congregation. Clients who arrived seeking legal consultation knew friendly and welcoming faces would greet them. The church and community will forever hold a special place in our history and hearts.

Moving to Dearborn: First UMC allows us to provide a more centralized space within our service area and offers room for growth in staff. Dearborn: First is the site of our first legal clinic in 2010 and one of our most important partners since our inception.

Two members of Dearborn: First UMC
Kirstin Karoub (left) and Pastor David Nellist (right) from Dearborn: First UMC celebrate 10 years of partnering with JFON-MI. ~ photo courtesy Tori Booker

Pastor Marshall Dunlap embraced the JFON mission from the beginning, and Pastors Tracy Huffman and David Nellist enthusiastically continued this support. Congregation members have been active, dedicated, and caring volunteers, including Kirstin Karoub, who has served as Legal Clinic Coordinator for 10 years. Trustees Jim Taylor and Kathleen Murray spearheaded the hard work and coordination required to turn existing rooms into beautiful new office space to accommodate all of our staff, which includes a new attorney and legal assistant. We are excited about the possibilities of reaching even more people with legal services and engaging more deeply with current and new communities.

Please note our new Metro Detroit office address: Justice for Our Neighbors-Michigan, 22124 Garrison St., Dearborn, MI 48124.

JFON-MI’s mission is to welcome and support immigrant communities through legal services and social actions. We receive generous support from local churches, districts, and the Michigan Conference. Together, we have worked with thousands of immigrants to acquire legal status in the United States. To learn more about our work, please visit our website.

Apart from our Metro Detroit location, we have offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City. If you would like to learn more about immigration and our services, or if you have communities that could benefit from the advice of an immigration attorney, please reach out! We love connecting with churches and community groups to provide education, outreach, and advocacy.

Last Updated on October 31, 2023

The Michigan Conference