Accessed our Food Pantry an average of 7 times.
Dear Friends & Allies,
Fiscal year 2019 was a pivotal year for Canal Alliance. With your partnership, we implemented the first year of our new strategic plan, making great strides in areas that are critical to improving economic outcomes for Latino immigrants and their families.
At the heart of our mission is the commitment to providing direct services in areas most needed by immigrants to overcome poverty. Our primary strategy is to offer immigration legal services and education programs that help clients obtain work authorization, citizenship and employment. To address the many barriers and challenges our clients face, we also offer social and behavioral health services.
To extend support for adults who have work authorization but lack a clear pathway to employment, we launched a new workforce development program. Our first pilot programs supported motivated students to access fast-track, intensive English classes and a job training program leading to career-path employment in the construction industry.
We published our first policy agenda and engaged in new efforts to change local policies and systems. We developed and launched the Canal Alliance mobile app to provide community members with a platform to voice their opinions on issues that impact them. We are also leading efforts to ensure that the 2020 Census includes an accurate and complete count of all at-risk communities in Marin County.
While we respond to the needs in our community, we are also preparing for the future. To ensure Canal Alliance remains scalable and sustainable, we are committed to achieving a positive net surplus on an annual basis, maintaining positive cash flow, and contributing to our cash reserves. In fiscal year 2019, we achieved a net surplus of $292,000 and increased our reserves to $2.1M, ensuring we have the resources to support continued program operations despite fluctuations in the economy.
We could not have realized these achievements without your trust and investment in our mission. Together, we are making Marin a place where everyone can live, work and succeed.
President, Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Supporting New U.S. Citizens
Canal Alliance is the only provider of affordable and comprehensive immigration legal services in Marin County.
Meet The Garcia Family
Supporting New U.S. Citizens
The Garcia Family’s journey to a more stable future began 14 years ago with their escape from poverty and violence in Guatemala. After living in the U.S. with undocumented status for four years while raising a small child and working three housekeeping jobs to help support her family, Maria Garcia was referred to Canal Alliance.
As her first point of contact, a Case Manager on our Social Services team welcomed Maria, and became a long-term ally that helped support and empower her, and her husband, Rodolfo, to access resources and navigate the unfamiliar community and culture in which they found themselves.
In the months that followed, the Garcias met regularly with our team of Case Managers, who helped the family address their most urgent needs while also supporting them to develop a path toward achieving their long-term goals. The Garcias received support from our Behavioral Health team to address the trauma they’d experienced in Guatemala and during their journey to the U.S., and from our Immigration Legal Services team to help them secure work permits.
Over time, the Garcias began to reap the benefits of their hard work. With work authorization, they secured regular employment, and with more consistent work hours, they were able to enroll in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. As a result of their increased bilingual skills, Maria and Rodolfo both earned promotions at work, which provided them with the higher incomes they needed to secure more stable housing by purchasing their first home. Since then, the Garcias have had two more children who now attend San Rafael City Schools.
In 2018, with help from our Immigration Legal Services team, Maria and Rodolfo finally achieved their dreams of becoming US Citizens.
950 individuals received consultations and 570 were represented.
Secured assistance to file naturalization applications.
Attended 40 outreach and education events.
Boosting College Success
University Prep (UP!) is a college access and success program that supports Latino students from immigrant families to prepare for and complete a four-year college degree.
Boosting College Success
With support from UP!, Eneida recently graduated in Winter 2018 from the University of Redlands and received a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
After immigrating to the United States, Eneida’s parents dreamed of a stable future for her and her siblings – a future where they didn’t have to worry about walking down the street to the store, where they didn’t have to work double-time to make ends meet, where they wouldn’t be taken advantage of, and where they could give their children a strong support system and see them flourish.
While her parents gave their children everything they could, they knew they couldn’t guide them through the most important system to break the cycle of poverty: higher education.
Eneida became part of the Canal Alliance UP! program in 2011, when she started her first year of high school. She has received invaluable support from the Canal Alliance staff – from tutors who helped her succeed in her AP classes to financial aid that allowed her to receive the best education.
Today, Eneida hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner and to practice in a community clinic where she can use her bilingual skills to communicate with the Latino community help prevent health disparities.
Participated in University Prep (UP!), our college access and success program.
Personalized tutoring provided to 74 UP! students in grades 6-12.
Awarded in college scholarships to 44 students.
Fostering Career Access & Success
Canal Alliance provides Career Education, including English classes and workforce development, to help adults secure career-path employment.
Fostering Career Access and Success
Surrounded by violence, desperation and poverty, Eduardo made the seemingly impossible decision to leave Honduras for the U.S., where his paternal grandmother was living in San Rafael. Taking buses, walking and hitchhiking over 2,300 miles, it took him seven months to get to the U.S. border.
Once Eduardo arrived in the U.S., he spent three months in a detention center while his grandmother worked to get him out. In addition to the impacts of trauma he experienced, Eduardo felt lost and lacked a sense of purpose. He wanted to build a new life in the U.S., but he didn’t know how.
Eduardo found hope at Canal Alliance. While attending ESL classes to improve his English skills, staff soon noticed he was struggling and recommended that Eduardo make an appointment with our Immigration Legal Services department.
After working with Eduardo to explore his rights and options for obtaining legal status and work authorization, Immigration Legal Services staff helped him secure a work permit and referred him to a partner agency that offers paid job skills training, employment, and the opportunity to earn a GED.
As a result of the assistance provided by Canal Alliance, Eduardo has experienced a profound turnaround in his outlook and his confidence in pursuing his goals. Having a work permit allows him to envision a real future in the U.S.
He has become a motivated, enthusiastic student and employee, seeking out opportunities for growth and advancement, and now dreams about becoming a park ranger or a fireman. He recently expressed his gratitude to staff, saying, “I realize I don’t have to be sad all the time – I can be happy. You guys gave me hope.”
Developed their English skills by accessing Canal
Alliance ESL Classes.
Earned a skilled trade certificate through our Workforce Development Program.
Career Development Coaching and Case Management services provided to adult students.
Advocating for Impact
Our new advocacy and policy efforts are aimed at engaging Latino immigrants to address the issues that impact them.
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Advocating for Impact
|July||Published its first Public Policy Agenda.|
|August||Submitted public comments regarding the inclusion of the Citizenship Question on the 2020 U.S. Census.|
|September||Marin County Census Forum cohosted with Dominican University and The County of Marin.|
|December||TRUTH Act Forum cohosted with Canal Alliance and ILRC to shed light on local law enforcement entanglement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.|
|February||Announced partnership with EdTrust West to address the academic and racial inequity in Marin County Schools.|
|May||Launched Advocacy Campaign to encourage the adoption Renter Protections in the City of San Rafael.|
|Led delegation of 50 youth advocates to Sacramento on Immigrant Day to meet with legislators.|
|June||Announced affiliate partnership with UnidosUS.|
|Launched Canal Alliance Mobile App, a first of its kind critical community organizing and advocacy tool.|
|Appointed as Lead Agency for Marin County 2020 Census Outreach for Hard to Count Communities.|
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