SUMMIT, NJ - In response to an issue highlighted further via messages from concerned community members, the Summit Interfaith Council has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund specifically designated for undocumented immigrants and families. The fund will be allocated similar to the federal relief stimulus, with monies given according to individuals as well as children in a household.

The Summit Interfaith Council encourages any undocumented immigrant living in Summit to apply with the knowledge that applicant identities will be protected. Applications can be made by completing the form found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SW9TM5D or contacting Janet Maulbeck at jmaulbeck@aol.com.

One of many hardships brought on by the pandemic is the fact that many local immigrants have lost their jobs. For immigrants who are undocumented, this means virtually no safety net as without document you cannot apply for federal relief funds or unemployment. Despite immigrants in the Summit community paying taxes and paying into federal reserves, they are unable to draw from these funds or receive relief.  

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“The Summit Interfaith Council was created well over sixty years ago to ‘seek the welfare of the city', said Summit Interfaith Council President, Rabbi Hannah Orden of Congregation Beth Hatikvah, adding, "Our immigrant neighbors are an integral part of our community, and it is our responsibility to protect and care for the most vulnerable residents of our city.”

The Summit Interfaith Council anticipates that distribution of funds can begin as early as June 9. Donations to the fund can be made via check addressed to “Summit Interfaith Council” and mailed to 4 Waldron Ave Summit, NJ 07901 or online at docs.google.com. Donations are tax-deductible. 

For further information, contact Pastor Gladys Moore at Pastorggmoore@stjohnssummit.org.