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Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia – Second Annual Autumn Banquet

The Second Annual Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia brunch banquet is this Saturday, November 1, 2014!  You can learn more about it here (the link is the evite).  There is still time to RSVP!  The banquet will take place at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West which is located at 4010 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131.  The banquet will take place at 10:00am and conclude at about 11:00am and free breakfast/brunch food will be provided.

At the banquet you will learn all about what the Clinic does through a specially shot video presentation and some speakers.  Also, the second annual Guzikowski Award (named after our primary benefactor) will be presented to our volunteer of the year.  Who will it be?!

The Clinic exists to help people secure justice in the American legal system here in the Philadelphia area; to that end, we serve literally hundreds of people in the City of Philadelphia (and the surrounding area) with pro bono or low cost legal services.  We are currently trying to expand into Kensington and Germantown (neighborhoods in Philadelphia) and other areas in order to expand our reach and help more people.

Of course, like any charity organization, in order to help others we need your help to do it.  Please come out to one of our Clinic locations to see what we are doing first hand; our Clinic locations are described here.   Also, we are always in need of money to fund our ministry.  If you feel led to donate, you can do so here.  If you cannot do these things, please pray for us and our ministry or donate your time as we always need help with administration, filing, counseling, chaplaincy, and other similar things in the everyday working of the Clinic.

Most importantly, however, the Clinic exists for people to be the face of Jesus to those who need it and to help people, not just through their legal issues, but through their spiritual ones as well, which so often are closely related to their legal issues.  Help us heed Christ’s call to help “the least of these” by giving to our efforts.  Always remember that Jesus identified himself as among those called “least” as they, in the end, will be great.

Before I forget, please be sure to watch this great video as it is shows a few of the personal stories of the people the Clinic has helped.  This is the video that was made for last year’s banquet.  Thanks and God bless.

 

Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia – 9/14 Update!

As most of you know I am a long time volunteer of the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia and I have been sitting on its Board of Directors for over a year now.  In fact I was recently appointed to Secretary of its Executive Board (see here).  You can learn more about the Clinic here.

We are currently trying to expand into Kensington (a neighborhood in Philadelphia), Germantown, and other areas in order to expand our reach and help more people.

We help literally hundreds of people every year try and secure justice in the legal system.  We are always trying to improve our services, help more people, and be able to do more for the people we are already helping.

Of course, like any charity organization, in order to help others we need your help to do it.  Please come out to one of our Clinic locations to see what we are doing first hand; our Clinic locations are described here.   Also, we are always in need of money to fund our ministry.  If you feel led to donate, you can do so here.  If you cannot do these things, please pray for us and our ministry or donate your time as we always need help with administration, filing, counseling, chaplaincy, and other similar things in the everyday working of the Clinic.

Please note that we have our second annual autumn banquet coming on November 1, 2014 for which more details will be appearing on this blog as they become known to me!

Finally, the Clinic exists to help people secure justice in the American legal system here in the Philadelphia area.  More importantly, however, the Clinic exists for people to be the face of Jesus to those who need it and to help people, not just through their legal issues, but through their spiritual ones as well, which so often are closely related to their legal issues.  Help us heed Christ’s call to help “the least of these” by giving to our efforts.  Always remember that Jesus identified himself as among those called “least” as they, in the end, will be great.

Before I forget, please be sure to watch this great video as it is shows a few of the personal stories of the people the Clinic has helped.  Thanks and God bless.

Appointed as Secretary to the Executive Board

As many of you may know, I have been serving as a volunteer and board member of the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia for several years.  You can read more about the Clinic here.

I am proud to announce that I have been appointed secretary to the Clinic’s executive board!  I am honored by the appointment and I hope and pray I can serve effectively in order to advance the cause and ministry of the Clinic.

Please pray for me as I embark in this new position within the Clinic!  I hope we can continue to reach more and more people in the months and years to come with the love and justice of God in Jesus Christ!

Christian Legal Clinic – 6/14 Update

As most of you know I am a long time volunteer of the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia and I have been sitting on its Board of Directors for over a year now.  You can learn more about the Clinic here.

We have been going through some tumultuous few months as both of our staff members have taken a calling to be missionaries to Haiti.  Needless to say, this development has been challenging for us, both in terms of saying “goodbye” to really valuable members of our team, but also hiring good and qualified replacements within our very modest budget.  We are also trying to expand into Kensington (a neighborhood in Philadelphia), Germantown, and other areas in order to expand our reach and help more people.

We help literally hundreds of people every year try and secure justice in the legal system.  We are always trying to improve our services, help more people, and be able to do more for the people we are already helping.

Of course, like any charity organization, in order to help others we need your help to do it.  Please come out to one of our Clinic locations to see what we are doing first hand; our Clinic locations are described here.   Also, we are always in need of money to fund our ministry.  If you feel led to donate, you can do so here.  If you cannot do these things, please pray for us and our ministry or donate your time as we always need help with administration, filing, counseling, chaplaincy, and other similar things in the everyday working of the Clinic.

Finally, the Clinic exists to help people secure justice in the American legal system here in the Philadelphia area.  More importantly, however, the Clinic exists for people to be the face of Jesus to those who need it and to help people, not just through their legal issues, but through their spiritual ones as well, which so often are closely related to their legal issues.  Help us heed Christ’s call to help “the least of these” by giving to our efforts.  Always remember that Jesus identified himself as among those called “least” as they, in the end, will be great.

Before I forget, please be sure to watch this great video as it is shows a few of the personal stories of the people the Clinic has helped.  Thanks and God bless.

Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia – Donations Needed!

Hello folks.  As many of you know, I am a volunteer for the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia.  You can learn more about us here.  We help literally hundreds of people every year try and secure justice in the legal system.  We are always trying to improve our services, help more people, and be able to do more for the people we are already helping.

Of course, like any charity organization, in order to help others we need your help to do it.  Please come out to one of our Clinic locations to see what we are doing first hand; our Clinic locations are described here.   Also, we are always in need of money to fund our ministry.  If you feel led to donate, you can do so here.  If you cannot do these things, please pray for us and our ministry.

Finally, the Clinic exists to help people secure justice in the American legal system here in the Philadelphia area.  More importantly, however, the Clinic exists for people to be the face of Jesus to those who need it and to help people, not just through their legal issues, but through their spiritual ones as well, which so often are closely related to their legal issues.  Help us heed Christ’s call to help “the least of these” by giving to our efforts.  Always remember that Jesus identified himself as among those called “least” as they, in the end, will be great.

Before I forget, please be sure to watch this great video as it is shows a few of the personal stories of the people the Clinic has helped.  Thanks and God bless.

Looking to make a year-end donation? Please keep the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia in mind!

If you are looking for a place to give or make a year end donation, especially in the spirit of the Christmas Season, please remember the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia. You can learn more about us here.

We need the support to open a new location in Kensington as well as secure an attorney employed by the Clinic itself to attend hearings and other similar services. Any amount helps us continue our efforts to bring justice to the underprivileged. Contributions can be directly through our website or mailed to the address on the website. Thanks a lot and Merry Christmas.

8/1 Clinic Day!

Today is my first Clinic day since the first Thursday in June 2013.  We took the first Thursday of July off as that was Independence Day.  You can learn more about the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia here.

Despite the issues we discussed at the Board meeting this past Monday, and mentioned in this very blog a couple of days ago, when it comes down to it, the Clinic is an attorney, a client, and God meeting at a church facility to talk about a legal issue.  This is what the Clinic started out as and, no matter how much we build the Clinic up, this is what the essence of the Clinic will always be.  I am thankful I have the opportunity to go into neighborhoods which are less fortunate than my own and help people in real and substantial ways.

Today it appears we have 8 people on the schedule for issues ranging from custody to real estate to taxes.  I hope and pray that I, and the other attorney and paralegal volunteers who appear tonight, can not only adequately address these legal issues but also show them that there is something bigger and greater than the man’s law they came into discuss: God’s law and how it applies to them with infinite and eternal love.

Please pray that we can be effective in assisting our clients tonight, and that our clients are able to connect with Jesus in a real and profound way as we do so.

Thanks!

7/29/13 Christian Legal Clinic Board Meeting: a Meeting of Holy Contrasts

As many of you know, I am on the Board of Directors of the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia; we had a meeting last night.  It was an emotionally peculiar meeting as there are very exciting things happening with the Clinic – such as a couple of new locations in the works (including expanding in to Delaware County) and some great potential additions to the Board – but also some very anxious things happening as well, most significantly, our financial situation.

So, we are at an interesting crossroads.  We all believe that we are truly doing God’s work (e.g.: Acts 20:35, Amos 5:24, Deuteronomy 16:20, James 1:27), and we see the fruits of that each Clinic as we serve sometimes dozens of people per month and see them leave in a better situation than when they entered.  We also see the spread of the Gospel to these people as many reconnect with Jesus Christ after interacting with the Clinic or, for some, connect with God for the first time.  We are one of the only – if not the only – legal assistance agency which is embedded within neighborhoods as opposed to in Center City.  A new location is being opened in Delaware County.  Another location in the City may be opening soon.  Clearly, the Clinic is making an impact among the people we are called to serve.  These are developments in this City which we believe God wants and will bless.

On the flip side, our finances are not where we need them to be.  In fact, we are behind were we were last year.  We need contributors and benefactors.  We seem to be “doing the right things” but God has not seen to it that we receive the funds at this time.  So, now what?  Well, St. Paul says there are three great virtues: faith, hope, and charity (love) (1 Corinthians 13:13).  We are continuing to fight the good fight in attempting to raise money. We are continuing to be faithful in our calling to advance the ministry of the Clinic.  We also have hope.  We have hope that God does what he promises and provides for his faithful followers who do his will.  We can see the tangible benefits the Clinic has offered to its clients and the neighborhoods where it finds itself.  So, we have hope that God will be faithful and continue to provide for those who are faithful to him.  Finally, we are all proceeding in love: love of God and love of neighbor pursuant to our calling to fulfill the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-40).

The Scriptures and Christian history have shown us that God wants the glory due to him.  One way he does that is to allow us humans to become completely weak in order to demonstrate his overwhelming strength that could not possibly have come from us.  We are called to delight in our weaknesses because if we do so we can rely on God’s grace alone which will show itself to be stronger than anything we could have imagined (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).  In this way, the weakest, that is those who are “last,” become strong, or “first” (Matthew 20:16).

So, all this to say please (monetarily) give what you can to the Clinic to allow our ministry to move forward.  Please pray to give us the strength to move forward, so that we can continue to bless our clients and the communities in which they are found, to give us the perseverance to follow God’s calling in all of this, and to give us the ability to remain faithful despite the trials the Clinic is and may have to go through.   Pray that we have the faith to know that persevering through these sufferings will give us the hope that is from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:3-5). Finally, after last night’s meeting, I can truly say the Clinic is thankful and joyful for what God is doing through us despite this rough patch we are going through (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Thanks a lot!

Clinic’s Volunteer of the Month!

 

Volunteer of the Month: Daniel Popkave Daniel has been a tremendous asset in God’s hands, used to serve CLCP’s clients and community. Though only two years out of law school, he is an incredibly knowledgeable attorney, able to navigate difficult cases involving wills, taxes, and business law, and go to bat for our clients. Name a service or program we’ve run, and Daniel has been a part of it. Volunteering regularly at our Ayuda clinic? Serving as one of our contract attorneys? Chairing a committee on our Young Professionals Board? Helping a faith-based organization apply for nonprofit status? Offering a presentation on taxes for a financial literacy class? Preparing a wills clinic for seniors? Daniel has done all of these things, and is one of the reasons CLCP’s work is thriving. Thank you for your faithfulness, Daniel! It’s been amazing seeing how God is blessing so many through your compassionate, humble service.

CLCP: Small Business Advice!

Free legal advice for your small business or start-up — **In Spanish** – next Monday evening at Esperanza USA in Hunting Park

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