CAMDEN, NJ — Undocumented Camden families will be able to apply for “bank cards” this Sunday at the Salvation Army-Kroc Center as part of an event to help provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event, organized by New Beginnings in partnership with First Lady Tammy Murphy and the Pandemic Relief Fund, will make $1,000 “bank cards” accessible to families of 3 or more, and $500 cards to individuals and families of 2.
The cards will be provided within two weeks for those who qualify and work like debit cards, organizers said.
“When we look at our community’s undocumented families, we know they haven’t received as many benefits as others. These are hard workers, essential workers and so many have received nothing,” Pastor Amir Khan, who heads New Beginnings, told TAPinto Camden. “We hope to come to them and provide some ray of sunshine in the dark.”
Similar cards will be provided at events in North Jersey and Trenton.
Applicants must provide proof of residency, as well as an expired visa or I94 to submit for the cards.
Khan said there is a limit of 200 vouchers, which will be available on a first come first serve basis.
“We know many of these families have been afraid to come out of their homes during the pandemic, but we want to assure them it will be a safe zone,” Khan said, noting that Camden County Police officers will be on hand to maintain the proper protocols.
The Kroc Center is located at 1865 Harrison Ave. The event begins at 2 p.m.