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A letter from our new Executive Director:
We need your support for COVID and beyond
At Christian Legal Aid of DC we've made rapid changes to how we do our work in response to COVID-19, but the reasons why we do our work remain unchanged. Our mission is the same because our yearning for justice is rooted in the very nature of our unchanging God.
As both a health and economic crisis, COVID-19 has made our vulnerable neighbors all the more vulnerable. Those in poverty will face the lingering effects of evictions, unemployment, and health risks long after recovery begins.
On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, we will begin Just 24, CLADC's 24-hour fundraising campaign to serve more clients through COVID and beyond. By the grace of God and because of a few generous donors, every donation up to $20,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar! Will you consider investing in our work and providing the resources we need to serve our community now and for the rest of the year?
Our mission has always been to close the justice gap between the legal aid needs of our low-income neighbors and the resources available to meet them. In 2019, 88% of tenants in D.C. were unrepresented in their eviction cases, and for every 10,000 people living in poverty in D.C., there are just 9.3 civil legal aid attorneys. In a city with over 56,000 lawyers and just 700,000 residents, our neighbors should be able to get the help they need.
Closing the justice gap means people like Mr. J don’t fight for justice alone. As a father of three children, Mr. J's family depends on his income. Last year, he was suddenly fired from his job at a large corporation for his criminal record even though Mr. J disclosed his almost 30-year-old record years ago. Given the employer’s vast resources, Mr. J could not fight them alone. By the grace of God and with the help of our network, we’ve been able to represent Mr. J. Now, he has his job back and we are working to have his record expunged so this is never repeated.
I thank God for stories like Mr. J's and others like his that are possible because of your support.
Since 2017, you’ve helped us serve almost 1,000 people, and clients have received over $700,000 in direct financial benefits.
Looking back, we praise God for his faithfulness to CLADC and our clients, and how he has multiplied the resources and efforts of this community. Looking forward, there are three pillars we will focus on to fulfill our mission:
Expanding access to our services to ensure that we are meeting people where they need us most. This will mean leveraging our experience of virtual consultations and starting new clinic sites in neighborhoods with limited access to public transportation.
Deepening our impact by equipping more volunteer attorneys to take on cases for extended representation. This means growing our staff expertise and availability to mentor volunteer attorneys, leveraging legal aid partnerships, and creating clear pathways for volunteers to grow in confidence and skill to take on cases in our core practice areas.
Caring for clients holistically, with the love of Christ, by partnering with churches and local ministries.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8
This verse serves as a simple yet powerful reminder of why we exist both as individuals and as an organization. Our God loves justice and he sees those who are too often overlooked in our communities. Our hope is to always be a representation of this kingdom vision on Earth.
Will you join us on May 5th by investing what you can so that our most vulnerable neighbors get the legal aid they need? When you give on May 5th, your gift will go twice as far. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in just 24 hours and I know we can do it together.
Thank you for helping make CLADC’s work possible.
CLADC Executive Director