Recognizing the Need
In October 2010, a small group of members from a variety of churches in Bryan-College Station, Texas began meeting monthly to share our 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.
The new organization chose as its purpose to facilitate better access to legal, educational and social services for the immigrant population, who otherwise may not receive them. We believe that improved access will contribute to the well-being of the immigrant population of Brazos County and therefore of the entire community.
INFORMATION, REFERRALS & ASSISTANCE (IRA)
The IRA program provides clients with direct service or appropriate referral to resources in the Bryan/College Station area. Walk-ins are seen Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm, with no appointment needed.
To become a U.S. Citizen, immigrants must pass a Citizenship Interview. BIIN sponsors three 10-week sessions of citizenship classes over the course of each year.
Conversation Partners is a companion program to our citizenship classes that seeks to improve students’ language ability in an informal practice as well as teach English required for the citizenship exam.
CMSA is proud to be a partner with BIIN and volunteer for some of their programs. Please watch this video to understand the impact of volunteering with BIIN!