I M HOPE Center

I M HOPE Center

(A Response to the Immigration Crisis)

I M HOPE Center is a Christian social justice services agency of the West Contra Costa circuit of the United Methodist Church established to provide top-quality and innovative legal immigration assistance for refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented persons and families. Do you remember Abraham? He was an immigrant. Do you remember the Holy Family? They were refugees seeking asylum when they fled to Egypt.

With currently heated political rhetoric, mounting concerns and uncertainties regarding documentation of immigrants nationwide, the United States Customs and Immigration Services has recognized the need for immigration legalization service providers to offer affordable assistance to immigrants of low/limited means. And in response the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are providing for churches and their representatives to be recognized and accredited to provide representation and legal services at low or no cost to persons needing help. Thus, many faith-based organizations – National Justice for Our Neighbors, Catholic Charities and others – are following provisions granted by the US legislation and organizing efforts to heed the call to be “a neighbor” aka “good Samaritans” to “do for the least of these”. IMHC in will provide services and assistance to whosoever will come!


  1. LEGAL SERVICES: Citizenship & Naturalization; Family Petitions; Visa; Asylum; U Visa, Deportation Intervention; Consular Processing; Temporary Protective Services; Employment Authorization; Victims of Abused Women Act (VAWA), Family Victim Counseling/Defense
  2. SANCTUARY SERVICES: Coordinate – English as a Second Language; Civics & American History Education; Housing; Job skills Training with City of Richmond & Kaiser Permanente, Contra Costa Colleges

The hurdles we face in getting started are MAJOR & not insignificant: we need an immigration lawyer on the payroll before we can begin. And while there are many opportunities for matching funds and grants, most grantors expect us to have a substantial amount of cash on hand – at least $40,000. For instance, Justice For Our Neighbors, an agency of the United Methodist Committee On Relief, will match that amount, and provide other valuable services as well if we can meet that goal. The Immigration Task Force of the California Nevada Annual Conference also is a possible partner. Further, our circuit churches are making monthly pledges and the 2019 Good Friday offerings at our joint circuit service was designated for I M HOPE Center. If you would, we welcome volunteers – unskilled or skill and/or donors who might be interested in this opportunity to help the people on the margins of our community.

Please contact us at: imhope.center@gmaill.com, or the church office: office@esumconline.org


September Events

Compassion Has No Walls Vigil

When: Fri, September 13, 11:30AM-12:30PM

630 Sansome St, San Francisco


Our vigil is co-hosted by Zen Buddhist community partners, and will include Tova Green of San Francisco Zen Center and Jiryu Rutschman-Byler of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.

A monthly vigil will be held outside the ICE Building In San Francisco. We hold this space to stand in solidarity with the many lives that are harmed by unjust immigration enforcement at all points of entry, in ICE detention, and those who have been deported.

Concert Benefit for the Interfaith Movement

Concert Details
When: September 5

Where: Montgomery Memorial Chapel
5 Richmond Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Get free tickets here.



Crisis in the Border: Faith Responses and Call to Action

Join IM4HI and FAME for an event including an eye-witness testimony from the border, a short film-screening, and faith and community leaders charting a path toward compassion, justice and solidarity.

When: Saturday, Sept 7, 1-4pm

Where: First Presbyterian Church,
1965 Colfax Street, Concord

RSVP Here || More info here

Solidarity Events with Padre Melo

Help us welcome Padre Melo to the Bay Area!
Learn more about the work of activists on the ground in Honduras and raise funds to support them. We’re halfway to our goal of $102,000 and need your contribution for this final $50,000 push.
You may also make a direct contribution through the ticketing sites for each location
Palo Alto: Mon, Sept 16
Sacramento: Tues, Sept 17
Berkeley: Wed, Sept 18