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August, 2013

In this issue:

Is immigration reform coming? Puente prepares to meet community needs

Offering a wider range of legal services

Expanding Puente’s English Language learning programs

Bolstering Puente’s income tax services

Why we give to Puente: Liz and Harlan Chapman

What does Puente need this month?






Is immigration reform coming? Puente prepares to meet community needs
To people like Carlos Delacruz, the debate over immigration reform in Washington, D.C. this summer brought back a feeling that had become almost remote since the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. A feeling of hope... Read more.

Offering a wider range of legal services
Blue cards. Green cards. Congress has not yet passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, yet Puente has already received plenty of questions from undocumented residents on the South Coast. Many have lived here for decades and are raising children here, sons and daughters who were born in America. They all want legal papers and legitimacy. They want to know how to prepare... Read more.

Expanding Puente’s English Language learning programs
For English teachers, teaching students the conditional tense – that is, how to express a hypothetical situation – can be a challenge. Puente’s English Language program staff are grappling with their own hypothetical situation: “If immigration reform passes, how can we be ready for a lot of new English students?”... Read more.

Bolstering Puente’s income tax services
You know something strange is happening when a group of people who have never paid taxes before turn up at tax time and demand to pay back taxes – going all the way back to 1992. That’s what happened this spring as Puente staff and volunteers sat down to process tax returns ... Read more.

Why we give to Puente: Liz and Harlan Chapman
Liz Chapman has spent some time thinking about the concept of putting down roots. Liz grew up in Santa Cruz, and she’s lived in La Honda for 22 years. She has always felt rooted on the coast. Liz had Latino friends, but she tapped into a new side of the place she’s called home when she started taking Spanish classes at Puente ten years ago. ... Read more.

What does Puente need this month?
Fall has arrived and Puente needs volunteers for its educational programs, supplies for newcomers and volunteers for Día de los Muertos... Read more.

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