BIIN’s mission is to promote the human dignity and well-being of all immigrants in our community and to advocate for and facilitate better access to legal, educational and social services.
Recognizing the Need
In October 2010, a small group of members from various churches in Bryan-College Station, Texas began meeting monthly to share concerns about issues faced by immigrants in the community. After assessing the needs and existing resources, the group organized the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network in May 2011.
BIIN chose as its purpose to facilitate better access to legal, educational and social services for the immigrant population, who otherwise may not receive them. BIIN and its partners believe that improved access will contribute to the well-being of the immigrant population of Brazos County and therefore of the entire community. BIIN’s goals are: 1) to respond directly to the needs of the immigrant community; 2) to build a sustainable organization; and 3) to advocate for justice. BIIN partners include:
Catholic Charities of Central Texas (Bryan, TX)
Santa Teresa Catholic Parish (Bryan, TX)
Bryan-College Station Public Library (Bryan/College Station, TX)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Bryan, TX)
St. Francis Episcopal Church (College Station, TX)
St. Thomas Episcopal Church (College Station, TX)
Friends Congregational Church (College Station, TX)
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley (Bryan, TX)
St. Joseph’s Health System (Bryan, TX)
HealthPoint (Bryan/College Station, TX)
Pilgrims in the Park (Bryan, TX)
Check out the website (https://brazosimmigration.com/) for information about volunteer opportunities with BIIN (examples including teaching (English classes and Citizenship classes). Let Nancy Granovsky if you are interested in becoming involved with BIIN. Nancy currently represents UUCBV at BIIN meetings as one of the activities of our Committee on Social Justice and the Earth.