Apostle Immigrant Services, Corporation
81 Saltonstall Ave
New Haven CT 06513
Contact Information
Address 81 Saltonstall Ave
New Haven, CT 06513-
Telephone (203) 752-9068 x
Fax 203-752-9136
E-mail ais.fairhaven@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
Apostle Immigrant Services (AIS) works with and supports immigrants in achieving their goals, particularly through legal and educational services.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2009
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sister Mary Ellen Burns ASCJ
Board Chair Sister Anne Theresa Walsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Apostles of the Sacred Heart
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $122,000.00
Projected Expenses $120,000.00
Statements
Mission Apostle Immigrant Services (AIS) works with and supports immigrants in achieving their goals, particularly through legal and educational services.
Background

AIS opened in August 2008 as an initiative of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Roman Catholic congregation of religious women, who themselves had arrived in New Haven in 1906 as Italian immigrants, initially working with Italian immigrant families.  One hundred years later, they committed once more to serving immigrant communities in and around New Haven.

From the beginning, AIS has offered legal and educational services.  So that its focus might reflect client demand, our staff attorney initially represented clients in a variety of civil legal issues, such as landlord-tenant disputes, small claims cases and Worker's Compensation.  However within six months, it was obvious that the greatest gap in civil legal services for low-income persons was in the area of immigration.  Since fall 2009, AIS has focused its legal work on family-based immigration and citizenship cases.  Over time, AIS has also represented clients in Immigration Court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and has continued to broaden the scope of its services to include humanitarian-based cases, immigration relief for victims of domestic violence and other crimes, and applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, through which young immigrants without legal status obtain work authorization and concomitant opportunities for education and employment.

 With a staff of two-and-a-half employees, AIS multiplies its capacity through collaboration with partners such as JUNTA for Progressive Action and St. Rose of Lima Church and through the efforts of our volunteers.  In addition to topical community education programs, AIS provides over 200 individual consultations annually and completes approximately 150 immigration legal processes for our clients.  AIS is currently the only nonprofit in New Haven County offering this range of low and no-cost immigration legal services to clients year-round. 
 
 
Impact

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

Provision of community education and individual consultations on immigration legal issues to over 350 clients and filing of approximately 150 applications for immigration legal benefits. 
 
Provision of homework assistance and study skills development to over 45 children at St. Francis/St Rose School.
 
Initiation of pro bono program through which private attorneys assist immigrant victims of violent crime in applying for legal immigration status.
 
Community education presentations on naturalization and Know Your Rights. 

GOALS:

Reduce the number of persons turned away on our open intake days through the transition of current office support staff-member to part-time direct client service as a BIA-accredited representative.
 
Expand program for pro bono volunteer attorneys providing representation to immigrant victims of crime.   
 
 
Needs

1. Volunteers to provide part-time bilingual receptionist/office support service

2.  5 - 10 additional volunteer tutors for Homework Assistance Program

3.  Volunteer bookkeeping services (approximately 2-4 hours/week) OR funding to hire someone to provide them
 
4.  Higher quality copier (currently using home-office "all in one" models)
 
5. Volunteer to assist with social media presence
CEO Statement All of us at AIS are grateful to our clients for entrusting us with their stories and their dreams and giving us the privilege of working with them to build their lives in their new country, their new home. I am continually amazed by their strength, resilience and hope. Our work, in collaboration with our clients, provides them opportunities that can be life-changing.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Ethnic/Immigrant Services
Secondary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Legal Services
Tertiary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
New Haven
Ansonia
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Hamden
Milford
North Haven
Orange
Shelton
Wallingford
Shoreline
West Haven
Woodbridge
Our organization primarily serves clients from the Greater New Haven, Connecticut area.
Programs
Description AIS helps clients: unite family members; apply for citizenship; obtain legal status and work authorization; obtain humanitarian immigration relief
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Clients are approved for immigration benefits; become work authorized; help family members become legal residents; become citizens.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Individual clients achieve greater stability and become building blocks of stronger families and stronger communities.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Tracking progress of cases through processes of federal immigration agencies; survey clients on services received.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. "Antonio" received work authorization and went from a minimum wage job to one utilizing his engineering degree. "Abed" was united with his wife and children after five years of separation due to war and persecution in their home country. "Danira," after freeing herself from an abusive relationship, receives work authorization and is able to obtain better employment. "Mariela," widowed with 3 children, becomes a US citizen and is able to bring her mother to the US, providing crucial emotional support for the family and assisting her with child care.
Description Volunteers, coordinated by AIS staff member, provide twice-weekly homework help and skill development to children in a local inner city parochial grammar school.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Students develop better study habits, complete their homework assignments and improve in classwork and in learning metrics.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Students develop skills and take ownership of their learning process so as to become life-long learners and contributors to the community.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Communication with classroom teachers; survey of students at the beginning and end of school year; parent survey.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. "Jeremy," a 5-year program participant, is now a rising senior and high honors student in a local high school. "Diana," who struggled with schoolwork, happily reports that she has achieved honors for the first time. "Alex," whose teacher reported as frequently missing his assignments, develops positive study habits, becomes responsible for keeping track of his homework, improves his grades, and expresses greater satisfaction with the school experience.
CEO/Executive Director
Sister Mary Ellen Burns ASCJ
Term Start Aug 2008
Email ais.fairhaven@gmail.com
Experience Sister Mary Ellen obtained her JD at Yale Law School in 1989. She spent 19 years working as a legal services attorney in the Bronx and Manhattan, focusing on tenant representation and public benefits advocacy. During her last 11 years in New York, she was a staff attorney at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, where she represented individual clients; worked collaboratively on class action cases with attorneys from other agencies; and provided training on public benefits issues for other NMIC staff. She also served as a trainer for Legal Services of New York on public benefits matters. In summer 2008, she became the first Executive Director of Apostle Immigrant Services, where she also provides direct legal services, chiefly in immigration matters. Since coming to AIS, she had the opportunity to spend three weeks in Puebla, Mexico, participating in a Spanish immersion program and visiting nearby towns from which some of AIS's clients have come.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Collaborations
AIS regularly collaborates with JUNTA for Progressive Action, Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW), St. Rose of Lima Church, New Haven, and Yale Law School.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Most Rev. Joseph F. Donnelly Memorial AwardOffice of Catholic Social Justice Ministry, Archdiocese of Hartford2013
Board Chair
Sister Anne Theresa Walsh
Company Affiliation Apostles of the Sacred Heart
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Sister Veronica Beato ASCJCor Jesu Academy, St. Louis, MO
Sister Ellen Cronan ASCJ
Sister Virginia Herbers ASCJApostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sister Linda Pettinella ASCJ
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
CEO Comments
The governing Board of Apostle Immigrant Services is the leadership group of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the United States.  As religious Sisters, they do not have their own private funds, hence they do not make individual donations to AIS support.  However, they have consistently committed funding from the religious Congregation itself, which is AIS's largest donor.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $122,000.00
Projected Expenses $120,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Group Ruling Letter & AIS Listing
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$96,765$79,826$44,478
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.080.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$6,412$10,017$3,349
Current Assets$6,412$10,017$3,349
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$6,412$10,017$3,349
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountApostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus $45,000Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus $48,000Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus $6,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

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