On Sept. 18, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka was among 40 nonprofit organizations to share in its Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. The Center will receive a two-year, $250,000 government grant to support its citizenship program.
David Crump, director of Operations at Hope CommUnity Center, said the funding will be used to to offer more classroom instruction, individual tutoring sessions, and mock naturalization interview practices.
The purpose of this USCIS grant is to support programs that help permanent, legal residents to prepare and apply for citizenship. Hope CommUnity Center is a service learning community located within the Diocese of Orlando, dedicated to empowering Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth.
Catholic Charities of Central Florida partnered with Hope CommUnity Center in the grant application process and will be involved in the more procedural, application-related aspects of the path to citizenship.