St. Athanasius Episcopal Church
at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul
840 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 482-2040

The Gazette

Immigrant Support Services

Immigrant Support Services: Strategic Planning


The core team of ISS did some strategic planning. We set our vision, mission and values, and determined the services we could provide during the first three years. Here are our vision, mission and values:


Immigrant Support Services addresses the well-being of immigrant and refugee individuals and families in Southern California. We strive for a world of inclusion that fulfills the promise to respect the dignity of every human being.


As a division of IRIS, we intend to accomplish our Vision by:

    • Providing a safe one-stop center for immigrant & refugee individuals and families;

    • Ensuring that immigrant & refugee individuals and families receive holistic & transformative services;

    • Ensuring that immigrant & refugee individuals and families are strengthened, supported, and stabilized;

    • Working with ISS’s vast network of community partners and volunteers;

    • Having a systemic understanding of the issues that affect immigrant & refugee individuals and families;

    • Empowering immigrant & refugee individuals and families become active members of the community and accomplish their goals.


Compassion Loving acceptance of all people, striving to understand their life and experience;     

Respect   To acknowledge and appreciate the dignity, values, beliefs and goals of others;

Inclusion – The act of allowing all individuals access to services, a better way of life, security, etc.;

Resiliency   Demonstrate the same courage and capacity to overcome life challenges that we want to encourage in those we serve;

Knowledgeable – Serve with broad knowledge of the systems that impact immigrants and refugee


Target Population: Low-income immigrant/refugee individuals and families of all ages, nationalities, legal status and ability.



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