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Fall Citizenship Drive to be held in Rifle

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Following the success of Citizenship Day in Glenwood Springs in April, there will be a Fall Citizenship Drive Nov. 15 in Rifle.

The Citizenship Day in Glenwood Springs held April 19 was a statewide project of the Association of Immigration Lawyers and Ya Es Hora. The drive was a way for legal residents to get their papers together to apply for citizenship without the expense of an attorney.

The Community Integration Initiative, CASE, Jennifer Smith ” an immigration attorney with Lee Leavenworth’s office, and St. Stephen’s Catholic Church held Citizenship Day at the church, the only site on the Western Slope. The local church had the second-highest number of applications (90 people signed up and 75 applications completed) in Colorado.

The organization committee didn’t know how the first day would be received or what would happen. The many volunteer stations offered help with copies, pictures, mailers and instructions, and attorneys were available to counsel. Much high-energy encouragement was offered that day.

“It was one of the most exciting days of volunteering I have experienced in my 45 years living in the valley,” said Judy Beattie of New Castle. “Courage must be a factor in the process. I admire and respect all these folks for taking this step.”

People were turned away because of lack of space and time, and it was decided to offer another day in the fall. Community Integration Initiative, CASE and St. Mary Church in Rifle are sponsoring a Fall Citizenship Drive Nov. 15.

Registration for the event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at St. Mary Church. For information, call 625-3891 leave name and phone number and someone will return your call. No walk-ins will be accepted at the Citizenship Drive Nov. 15.

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