Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
According to the FBI’s 2017 annual report, nearly a third of adults in the U.S. have a criminal record. A record can limit a person’s housing options, result in felony disenfranchisement, make them ineligible for social services, and create a host of employment barriers. Thankfully, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is able to help qualifying individuals, once in their lifetime, expunge old misdemeanors and felonies through the work of their Expungement Help Desk.
As a recent recipient of our Trinity Outreach Grant, the Clinic will use these funds to host a series of socially distant pop-up Expungement Help Desk days. “The need is greater than ever due to people losing jobs as a result of COVID,” said Clinic Help Desk Manager Julie Mennel. “The pop-up events will promote our ability to serve more people more quickly.”
This work is especially vital because we have all made mistakes. “People do grow up, overcome addiction, and get to a place where they decide to make a change, own their lives, and move on in positive ways,” said Julie. “Pursuing higher education, getting a better job, moving into a safe neighborhood, being the parent you want to be by chaperoning field trips and taking guardianship of a child who needs you. These steps forward are all things that people with a criminal record are not able to take. Is it any wonder that our communities are plagued with people caught in the cycle and that recidivism is a real issue?”
As a church, we believe that those struggling with the burden of past mistakes are worthy of a second chance and of grace. By pledging your financial support to Trinity, you are showing that you believe this too. Thank you for partnering with us to offer grace to our brothers and sisters with criminal records, thereby embodying Christ’s own example.