Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands Opens Immigration Resource Center on Cape Cod
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Collin Mickle, Attorney-at-Law, Coordinator for the Center; Kristina Dower, Executive Director of CACCI and David Willard of Cape Cod Five, Chairman of the Board of CACCI.
On Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, David Willard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc. (CACCI) welcomed supporters and guests at a gathering at the Brazilian Grill in Hyannis to celebrate the opening of its Immigration Resource Center.
"It is with great pride that CACCI is now offering free immigration legal services on a full time basis, along with other important services, to immigrants looking to become citizens of this great country of ours", Willard said.
Willard introduced Collin Mickle, the Coordinator of the Immigration Resource Center, to say a few words. Mickle is a licensed attorney and member of the Massachusetts Bar. Prior to joining CACCI, Collin worked in private practice and for the US Government.
"I am honored to be a part of such an ambitious and worthwhile program”, Mickle added proudly. I wish I could take credit for creating this center, but I can’t. This has been the work of a very dedicated staff at CACCI, an executive director and board of directors who are visionaries, and one exceptional volunteer, Rich Vengroff our BIA accredited representative, who made it happen!"
“Since its inception in January of this year, the Immigration Resource Center has served over 146 immigrants”, Mickle expounded. "For the first 6 months, Rich provided the bulk of the services. We began offering free legal services when I joined CACCI in July of this year", Collin added.
The highlight of the evening was awarding Paul Niedzwiecki, former Vice Chairman of the Board the CACCI Hero Award for this devoted and distinguished service to CACCI during his years as Vice Chairman of the Board; and Recognition Awards to Rich Vengroff for his service initiating the effort to establish the Immigration Resource Center and to Lee Hamilton for her outstanding grant writing which has brought in over $60,000 to CACCI within the past year.
The Center plans to offer services in Falmouth, Orleans and the Islands in the future. For more information on CACCI’s Immigration Resource Center call 508-771-1727, ext. 140.
Some highlights of the evening:
Immigration Resource Center staff, left to right: Maggie Sennott, Case Manager; Caronanne Procaccini, Director of Client Self-Sufficiency & Compliance; Richard Vengroff, BIA Certified Representative, Volunteer; Kristian Dower, Executive Director of CACCI; Marilee Crocker, Case Manager
David Willard, Chairman of the Board of CACCI, presents Paul Niedzwiecki, left, former Vice-Chairman of CACCI’s Board of Directors with CACCI’s first Hero Award for his dedicated service to the goals of CACCI.
Richard Vengroff, a Volunteer at the Immigration Resource Center and its BIA Certified Representtive, shares a few words after receiving a Recognition Award for his role in making the Immigration Resource Center become a reality.
Lee Hamilton says a few words after receiving a Recognition Award for securing over $60,000 in grant money for CACCI’s programs.