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Sin Barreras Steps Up to Help Immigrant Community

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A new group in Charlottesville is stepping up to help the immigrant community.  Sin Barreras, which translates to "without barriers", is reaching out to the community to help newcomers on a more personal level.

Sin Barreras is a brand new organization that aims to serve the needs of the Hispanic immigrant population.  Wednesday, they held an open house in hopes of forming relationships with other Charlottesville organizations.

Sin Barreras is a haven for immigrants facing challenges of coming to the United States.  "Basically there wasn't any group in Charlottesville that helped the immigrant community on their own," Sin Barreras Director Clay Wilcher said. 

In hopes of connecting with other groups who help immigrants, the organization hosted an open house Wednesday.  Businesses like Forward/Adelante took part to form a relationship with Sin Barreras.  They want to have a place to refer people to when they aren't able to help.

"In dealing with the business community, there are social issues, legal issues, and now I can feel so comfortable to having a trusted source," said Olga Alcaide-Morse with Forward/Adelante.  "That now I can say, ‘Here go call Sin Barreras.  They will be taking care of this issue for you because I cannot, and vice versa.'"

The nonprofit organization hosts monthly legal clinics, but soon plans to cover a wider scope.  Sin Barreras Executive Director Jeff Haynes said, "We hope to serve medical, psychological, job training, English, and we're working towards getting the space to begin classroom work and education."

The open house provided an opportunity for people to ask questions about the group's mission and discuss the plans for the future.

"We're starting here at home in central Virginia with looking for opportunities to form relationships and begin to grow throughout Virginia," Haynes said. 

Right now the group is only focusing on helping the Hispanic population, but will soon provide assistance to the entire immigrant population in Charlottesville.

Reported by Marcella Robertson

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