UIDN – Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
The mission of the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network (UIDN) is to “provide a network of safety and support to immigrants, regardless of status.” The network offers help including household needs, legal support, and transportation for people in Ulster County. St. John’s is a proud member of this network.
In 2018, UIDN and St. John’s partnered to develop an after-school program, to begin working with elementary school age children. In September 2019, we began a weekly after school program at Chambers Elementary School. About 25 children come each week and receive help with homework, play games, and participate in enrichment activities. We want these kids to know the community cares for them, to feel welcome, and to progress in their schoolwork and communication skills.
There is also a small weekly tutoring session one evening a week at a nearby church.
To learn more about the tutoring program or to volunteer, email Marjorie Leopold at marjorie.leopold at gmail.com.
To learn more about all the programs UIDN offers and what they are doing in our community, visit their website.