In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA), Raices (formerly Nuestro Centro), PODER Emma, and Retoño Hñähñu have collaborated to provide mutual aid in the Emma community, distributing food assistance and masks to families who are members of our organizations. In addition, community members have been able to call the CIMA hotline for Covid-19 information and resources. Our organizations also worked together to re-establish Consulta Tu Compa, a bilingual referral and case management program which provides support to individuals and families across Buncombe County.
In addition, we have joined with immigrant rights organizations across North Carolina to create a collective NC Immigrant Solidarity Fund. This fund is designed to provide direct financial assistance to people who will not receive state or federal aid. We are proud to participate in this effort to support families across the state and in our local network who are not being acknowledged by the government for the contributions they make to this country.
You can click the buttons below to donate to our local Consulta Tu Compa efforts, and/or to the Immigrant Solidarity Fund. Thank you.
CONSULTA TU COMPA
It’s a community-based resource and referral program that is focused on the Emma community, however, it provides bilingual support in English and Spanish to community members across Buncombe County.
Consulta’s full-time Resource Specialist, Iliana Hernandez, is available to community members Monday – Friday from 10 am to 3 pm, and is able to make appointments outside of that window if follow up is necessary during the evenings or on weekends. Iliana works with community members to identify the different needs or questions they have, provides important information and referrals, and may also work with the person in an advocate role to ensure they receive the support needed.
Consulta Tu Compa works with community members on a range of needs, and common inquiries include seeking referrals to attorneys, dealing with evictions or wage theft, support in navigating the applications for a passport or identifications, and other situations that may need additional follow-up.
During COVID, Consulta is providing this support over the phone or via email. If you have any questions or would like to refer a community member to Consulta, please email Iliana at [email protected] or call 828-742-2211.