Monday, July 12, 2010

Alterna, Building Community & So Much More

While I was in LaGrange for a Truth In Recruitment strategy session(which was sponsored by Alterna) I wanted to go ahead and check out Alterna, the organization that Anton Flore's helped to start.

I must say, I was impressed. Alterna not only facilitates regular tours to Guatemala, they provide detention and prison ministry, court advocacy and monitoring, health outreach in the Latino community, legislative and policy advocacy, and school based services, they provide an extremely tangible service, cooperative housing!

Alterna basically owns five houses on the same street in LaGrange, and they rent additional space for interns. Latino immigrant families earn equity while paying a sub-market “rent” in dependable homes. They share meals, participate in community events, and share a community garden.

Check out Anton Explain what Alterna is and how you can support.

Tim Franzen
American Friends Service Committee

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