Alianza NORCO is a non-profit organization formed largely by immigrants from our northern Colorado community. In partnership with multi-ethnic allies and pro-immigrant groups, our goal is to break down the obstacles we face as immigrants and empower our families and communities to change the systems that oppress us.
Our Partners and Impact
Life is filled with relentless beauty, struggle, and heartbreak. It’s because we stay connected to the beauty that we are committed to tending to all that breaks our hearts. Personal heartbreak and systemic injustice, individual and collective – it’s all connected, just as we are all connected.
The core of this commitment is carried out through relationships with our community partners, especially with those who are led by, in relationship with, and/or who serve historically marginalized people.
The BIPOC Alliance is an organization where collectively, Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color are taking action to decolonize systems and institutions, redefine relationships to social movements across the board, and liberate people of color. Foothills Unitarian is currently the fiscal sponsor for BIPOC Alliance, and we share our office and church building with them for use in their important work.
La Cocina is a culturally sensitive and Spanish-language safe space and therapeutic services for adults, children and families in Northern Colorado, including recovery from trauma, forensic assessments for immigrants in detention, and therapy and coaching for parents and children to promote overall well-being. We partner with La Cocina through ongoing fundraising efforts and through accompaniment of those who are in detention or who have been separated from their families due to detention or deportation. We also follow their leadership in our community as we seek to advocate for a Northern Colorado where all people, including the latinx and immigrant communities can flourish.
Congregation Har Shalom
We have a long history of a partnership with our neighbors just east of us on Drake. Currently, this is most visible in our partnership with Faith Family Hospitality hosting.
Faith Family Hospitality
Faith Family Hospitality is a project of the Family Housing Network of Fort Collins. We are proud to be among the founding congregations in this partnership across faith communities in Fort Collins to provide temporary housing to families experiencing houselessness. We work with Congregation Har Shalom to host families three to four times each year from a Sunday to a Sunday. We also work FFH’s social worker to help families connect with appropriate supports, and we are proud to financially support FFH with our financial resources.
La Familia / The Family Center
The Family Center provides education and family-strengthening services for the latinx community Larimer County, especially the Tres Colonias neighborhoods and the north Fort Collins area. We have partnered with La Familia on ESL tutoring, gift drives over the holidays, and in resourcing for the immigrant community, especially in an increasingly stressful social environment given today’s political hostility towards immigrants. Most recently, we have been strengthening our relationship with the families of La Familia through a series of shared meals and community conversation, an initiative called Breaking Bread.
Food Bank for Larimer County
We are grateful to work regularly with the Food Bank in our support for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Starting in October 2016, we were the pilot site for their new initiative to establish mobile pantry sites across Northern Colorado. Since then we have held a food bank on our campus twice every month, where families work together to ensure that between 80 and 100 families receive the food they need. We provide the equipment, space, volunteers and we pay for the food itself. Many of our mobile site volunteers end up volunteering at the Food Bank itself!
Fuerza Latina is an organization of immigrants and allies dedicated to educating, informing, organizing, and promoting change to facilitate an improved quality of life for immigrants in our community.
A wrap-around agency addressing homelessness in Northern Colorado. As a part of their One Village One Family program, we form small groups to companion families from homelessness into stable housing. We run regular Gear Drives. We raise money to support their efforts. We listen to their needs and respond. We support Homeward Alliance because their core values align with ours – they use a model of companioning those they are serving, and following their lead. They are willing to learn and grow as they work, and clearly ground their service in joy and love for real people.
Interfaith Solidarity and Accompaniment Coalition of Northern Colorado (ISAAC)
We are proud to be among the founding members of this broad coalition that engages the interfaith community of Northern Colorado in support of immigration justice in our county, our state, and our country. We seek to raise awareness of the issues surrounding immigration, as well as address the intersecting issues of racial and economic justice. Foothills provides fiscal sponsorship for ISAAC’s NoCo Emergency Immigration Fund, which provides emergency financial support for immigrants who have experienced a crisis and are not eligible for other forms of support. Current initiatives include assistance to families impacted by immigration enforcement, unaccompanied migrant youth working towards protected status, and immigrants suffering unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Plymouth United Church of Christ
Although Plymouth is not the same congregational church that Foothills shared space with in the early parts of the twentieth century, it is in that same spirit of cooperation and understanding of shared values that we deeply value our relationship with Plymouth today. Our partnership is most tangibly visible today in our collaboration in addressing immigration justice needs in Northern Colorado.