USCIS Presents Letter of Proclamation Honoring Hope Community Center’s 50th Anniversary –

the Introducing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Hope Community Center (HCC) a letter of proclamation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the HCC.

On Friday, February 25, USCIS Tampa District Director Michael Borgen; Vesna Bozic, USCIS Regional Manager for Community Relations for the Southeast Region; and Donald A. Jarrell, USCIS Tampa District Community Relations, visited HCC’s South Apopka location at 800 South Hawthorne Avenue to deliver the letter of proclamation.

During the visit, HCC Founder, Sister Ann Kendrick, welcomed the USCIS representatives and introduce them to HCC Immigration Services staff who, along with their students, shared testimonials of past grants received.

HCC is one of only three locations in Florida to have been awarded the 2020 Citizenship and Assimilation Scholarship of USCIS to help provide citizenship services to immigrants.

Currently, the HCC has a nearly 99% student pass rate for those who successfully apply, test, and pass the naturalization interview, qualifying them to become U.S. citizens, according to an HCC press release. This grant enables HCC to increase its ability to serve others, welcome new students, and adapt its curriculum to effectively guide students through the naturalization process.

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Jill E. Washington