The Effect of a “Compassionate Persistence and Genuine Nature”

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Sister Janice Vanderneck supplied by Casa San Jose 

What’s NEXT for Pittsburgh touches on Sister Janice Vanderneck’s work in founding Casa San Jose to support the local immigrant Latino community in Pittsburgh: “‘Her compassionate persistence and genuine nature has earned her the trust of Latinos, community leaders and especially Mayor Bill Peduto,’ says Julian Asenjo, ISAC (Immigrant Services and Connections) social services coordinator for Casa San Jose.” Sister Janice uses this space to highlight the most pressing concerns of the Latino community in Pittsburgh today: “The Hispanic population has been very frightened and anxious ever since January 20th and ensuing Executive orders,” says Sister Janice. “ICE agents have been in the streets, in neighborhoods and at workplaces taking people. Every week or every couple of days we hear of something.” When that happens, “we only have only a few hours to try and get a person out on bond before they are shipped out of the area”.

Read the full article from Next Pittsburgh.

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