Newly Updated, Full Version of Appleseed’s Manual Now Available

Dear Friends:

Thank you so much for your work on behalf of vulnerable immigrants and refugees, and your interest in the ongoing update of Appleseed’s Manual, “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners and Immigrants.” For the last several months, we have been working very hard with pro bono partners and other allies—including many of you—to produce a new edition of the Manual that will help families keep deportation from becoming a financial and family catastrophe.

That’s why we are so pleased to announce that a newly updated, full version of the manual has been redesigned and is up on our website.

The newly updated version contains many of the same chapters that we have been posting over the last several months, as well as a few additional chapters, including considerations for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, veterans benefits, and dissolving and selling a business; please see below for an updated list of chapters.

We hope you will download, review, and share individual chapters or the entire manual with as many people as possible. Our goal is to provide an indispensable product for you and other groups and people who are so incredibly dedicated to helping vulnerable immigrants and refugees. We are proud to be part of this effort, and to work with so many of you.

We want to extend our deepest thanks to the many pro bono partners that researched, wrote, and edited chapters of the manual. They include: Adams and Reese LLP, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence, ASISTA, Ballard Spahr LLP, Cooley LLP,Hogan Lovells LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright, O’Melveny & Myers, The William Alanson White Institute Center for Public Mental Health and White & Case. We also want to thank the Annie E. Casey Foundation and theFord Foundation for their support of this work.

We are happy to report that we are not done yet. You can stay tuned over the next several weeks and months for a full Spanish translation of the manual, training materials, shorter, more user-friendly versions of various chapters and more. If you have ideas for more chapters, please let us know. And if you know someone who should be subscribed for these updates in the future, please forward this email and encourage them to sign up for email updates.

Thank you for your support, comments, suggestions and for the work that you do every day to help immigrant families. We look forward to continuing to work with you!

– The Appleseed Team

Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners and Immigrants

  • Chapter 1: Child Custody
  • Chapter 2 Assets and Benefits of Minor Children
  • Chapter 3: Ensuring Safety in Public Schools
  • Chapter 4: Psychological Aspects of Deportation and Child Custody
  • Chapter 5: Considerations for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Chapter 6: Managing, Accessing, and Closing a Bank Account
  • Chapter 7: Credit Card, Prepaid and Debit Cards
  • Chapter 8: Managing Outstanding Short Term Service Contracts and Related Bills
  • Chapter 9: Payday and Other Short Term Loans
  • Chapter 10: Insurance
  • Chapter 11: Power of Attorney
  • Chapter 12: Selling a Residential Property
  • Chapter 13: Cars, Car Loans and Car Leases
  • Chapter 14: Ending a Residential Lease
  • Chapter 15: Handling Valuables
  • Chapter 16: Taking Cash Across the Border
  • Chapter 17: Remittance Protections
  • Chapter 18: Collecting Unpaid Wages
  • Chapter 19: Social Security
  • Chapter 20: Veterans Benefits
  • Chapter 21: Dissolving and Selling a Business
  • Chapter 22: Filing Taxes

National Appleseed: Appleseed Network | 727 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Louisiana Appleseed: 1615 Poydras St., Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70112

Submitted by: Tara Richard – 


April 2015 Congregational Wellness E-Newsletter

 The McFarland Institute a Division of Baptist Community Ministries


●The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship is accepting applications to award two $5,000 scholarships to those who exem­plify commitment to community service on behalf of an underserved community related to tobacco prevention and/or control. Applications will be accepted until April 30th. For more information:

-New Directions-New Orleans: Toward A Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy conference will be held at Dillard University in New Orle­ans on Thursday, April 2nd from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Dr. Carl Hart will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Topics will include Drug Laws, Incar­ceration and Sentencing Reform in Louisiana, The Right to Health for Peo­ple Who Use Drugs, Re-imagining Drug Courts: A Health Based Solution to Problematic Drug Use, and more. To register:

· Promoting Community Health and Safety with the Medical Reserve Corps webinar will be held on April 23rd from 11:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. This national network of volunteers—including medical and public health professionals—is eager to work with you and your community on a broad range of health activities including chronic disease prevention, AED and Hands Only CPR training, obesity reduction, heart health and so much more! Join us to learn more about building a relationship with your local Medical Reserve Corps. To register:


This month we honor the memory of Bruce Anthony Long, 54, a lay health advocate who passed away on March 15, 2015. Bruce completed LHAP in 2009 along with his wife, Francis Long. They were faithful mem­bers and served in the health ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Baptist Church. The Longs volunteered with health fairs, distributed disease prevention literature and ministered to the homeless population in the community. Bruce received an Associate of Science in Health Administration Service from Colorado Tech­nical University and worked in health information management, electronic medical records, quality im­provement and IT security. Mr. Long was laid to rest in New Jersey.
Keep the weight off:
· Follow a healthy and realistic eating pattern. You have embarked on a healthier lifestyle, now the challenge is maintaining the positive eating habits you’ve developed along the way. In studies of people who have lost weight and kept it off for at least a year, most continued to eat a diet lower in calories as compared to their pre-weight loss diet. For more suggestions regarding a healthful diet, visit Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight.
· Keep your eating patterns consistent. Follow a healthy eating pattern regardless of changes in your routine. Plan ahead for weekends, vacations, and special occasions. By making a plan, it is more likely you’ll have healthy foods on hand for when your routine changes.
· Eat breakfast every day. Eating breakfast is a common trait among people who have lost weight and kept it off. Eating a healthful breakfast may help you avoid getting “over-hungry” and then overeating later in the day.
(Source: keepingitoff.html Accessed February 20,2014)

●Crescent City Farmers Market is now running the Market Match Pro­gram. Market Match meets SNAP shoppers half-way who want to eat healthy and support local farmers and fisherman. During the campaign, Crescent City Farmers Market matches up to $20 in SNAP purchases per market visit (while supplies last).
Visit for more information.

●Agenda for Children will provide parents and caretakers with a free list of childcare options determined by zip code. If you need information about childcare, pre-k, or other early childhood development resources, call the Agenda for Children phone number, 1-800-486-1712. Searchable database can be found at

● Health Insurance Marketplace – After February 15, 2015, people can enroll in a 2015 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace only if you have a life event that qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period. Life events that may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period are listed on There is also a new Special Enrollment Peri­od if you paid the fee for being uninsured with your 2014 taxes. You may still be able to get 2015 coverage if you met three criteria listed on this page. This special enrollment period will start on March 15 and end on April 30, 2015.

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen who has served as pastor of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Orleans since 1999, and has been a partner in health and wellness with Congregational Wellness for nearly 10 years. He has always had the unwavering support of his wife, Catherine M. Wallace-Keen. Dr. Keen has recently been reappointed to the pastorship of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bethlehem Lutheran partnered with The McFarland Institute to improve the health and wellness of con­gregants and community members by implementing a stellar wellness ministry program, which included diabetes education, annual health fairs, a vegetable garden, healthy cooking demonstrations, and physi­cal fitness for youth. Grant funding received from BCM allowed Bethlehem to build a wellness stage in the parking lot, serve healthy snacks and offer activi­ties to bring the community together.

Long before the current smoking-free ordinance passed, Dr. Keen was a stanch advocate. In 2007 he spearheaded an effort in Central City and was suc­cessful in passing a city ordinance which banned smoking within 300 feet of Orleans parish schools. In 2009, he started the Prevention Research and Well­ness Institute to partner with other agencies in New Orleans to study and tackle chronic heart disease and obesity of indigent populations in southern Louisiana.
Dr. Keen has exemplified great understanding of the importance of holistic health and the integration of faith and wellness in the church. His replacement has very large shoes to fill. On behalf of the Congrega­tional Wellness staff and Baptist Community Minis­tries-The McFarland Institute, we wish him all the best in his new assignment.

This electronic newsletter is distributed on the 1st business day of each month. If there are any events or resources that you would like to suggest for us to include, please send them to Courtney Roberts at by the 20th.

Questions or comments? E-mail us at or call 504-593-2350.
Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues.

YLC: Young Leadership Council Newsletter

The Weekly Mark…leaving our mark since 1986.

Leadership Symposium

Join YLC on Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Longue Vue House and Gardens (7 Bamboo Road) for our Leadership Symposium. Event panelists include Tara Hernandez, Karyn Kearney, Ti Martin, Stephen Perry, and Tim Williamson. The event will be moderated by Lee Zurik.

Tickets are $10.00 and include entry to event, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. This event is open to current YLC members only. To check on the status of your membership, please email

Seats are limited, purchase your tickets here today!
YLC Board Nominations

The YLC Nominating Committee has begun accepting nominations for the 2015 Board of Directors. Any YLC Member interested in serving on the YLC Board can self-nominate or have someone nominate them.

Please submit a nomination letter stating why you would like to join the Board and how you would help support the mission of the YLC. Please also submit your resume, including activities on behalf of YLC as well as professional work and community activities. All nominations should be submitted no later than close of business on Friday, September 26 at 5:00 p.m. Nominations can be emailed to Richard Pavlick at

Saints Kickoff Run

Come help us support New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Louisiana Children’s Museum by joining us with our New Orleans Saints for the Saints Kickoff Run on Saturday, September 6.

Click on the link below and register with the Young Leadership Council Team. The organization with the most runners wins the Corporate Cup! Wear your YLC purple or email the office to find out how to get a shirt. Registration closes on September 4, so please sign up soon!

Volunteers are needed to serve beer at Champion’s Square from 7:00 a.m. to noon. If you are interested, please sign-up here.
RECreate Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation for RECreate’s 2014 Fall Season will be held on Monday, September 8 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the YLC Building (1840 Euterpe St.).

Please note that orientation is MANDATORY for all new volunteers and veterans. Also, please bring a copy of a photo ID and come prepared to fill out the background check informational form, so that we may complete the volunteer registration process. Attending orientation enables volunteers to meet our project leaders and other volunteers, to learn important details about the upcoming season and to ask questions!

Please click here to RSVP. For any questions or comments, please email

The dates for the 2014 Fall Season are Saturdays, September 20 through November 22. All program sessions will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Harmony Oaks Community Center/A.L. Davis Park (2514 Washington Avenue).

Kickoff: Unfathomable City

One Book One New Orleans is kicking off their 2014 season on Thursday, September 11 at Publiq House (4528 Freret St.) from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Join them for an evening featuring Margie Perez from the New Orleans Nightingales, Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, authors of this year’s book selection, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, food from local Freret Street restaurants, and Publiq Houes’s strawberry basil margaritas! Attendance at this event also allows you 2-for-1 pricing on tickets for the Brass-a-holics show that begins at 9:30pm.

Click here to RSVP for this event.

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YLC Annual Fund

The YLC Annual Fund helps the YLC carry out our mission of developing leadership through community service.

Your Support Will Make a Lifetime of Difference
Donate to the YLC Annual Fund

Calendar of Events
Toastmasters – September 2
Leadership Symposium – September 10
Don’t forget about the other events and volunteer opportunities going on this month.

Community Section
Check out what’s happening around town.

Community Events Section

Volunteer Hours
Have you volunteered recently for a YLC event? Make sure to log your volunteer hours!

Log volunteer hours now

Stalk Us!

Happy Birthday to You!

Margaret Adler
James Babst
Amy Baver
Ann Bernard
Shannon Bernard
Danielle Burrell
Matthew Caplan
Jessica Chevis
Danielle Dalson
Michael DeMeo
Anna Duggar
Genevieve Dumont
Virginia Eckholdt
Katie Elizardi
Kristina Gabik
Bessie Goggins
Jordi Goodman
Thomas Hayes
Julie Joffrion
Kyle Jones
Margaret Kinney
Shweta Kohsman
Michael Lamb
Luke Morin
Kristina Nielsen
Cha-Kara Parkman-Wimberly
Kristin Petry
David Rittvo
Molly Ruben-Long
Kristen Scott
Kelsey Scram
Jenni Seckel
Natalie Short
Will Smith
Thomas Stranova
Colbert Tew
Hamilton Tinsley
Stephanie Todd
Shelley Whitehead
Sabrina Wood

Young Leadership Council
PO Box 56909
New Orleans, Louisiana 70156-6909
Email us here
The YLC Building is located at 1840 Euterpe Street.

July 2014 Congregational Wellness E-Newsletter

  •  Water Safety-Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim les­sons. Make supervised safety a priority and follow these safety tips whenever you are in, on or around water. disaster/water-safety

  •  Fireworks Safety for the 4th of July-The most sensible way to avoid injury and not break the law is to attend a free, supervised fireworks show that is sponsored by the city or parish. Before you decide to have fireworks activities on your street or in your neighborhood, go to the National Council on Fireworks Safety web page  and review the information. Share it with your friends, family and church members. Have a great injury free holiday.
  •  Heat Stroke Prevention-Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. It is recommended to avoid being outside for extended periods of time during extreme heat, especially infants and young children, the elderly, and peo­ple with a mental or physical illness. Visit this website to prevent heat­stroke during the hot summer months: extremeheat/heattips.asp




Pamela Woodridge, the Wellness Ministry Leader at Beacon Light International Cathedral, has completed her second round of STAR Project and continues to help congregants maintain their lifestyle commitment to change. She continues to provide activities for the group such as  chair aerobics for Seniors, Workout to Go by the National Institute on Aging at NIH, and work outs by the Recreation and Park Commission of East Baton Rouge Parish. Congratulations and many thanks to Mrs. Woodridge.


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