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The Bethlehem Project Expands in Southern California
February 07 2014

Leading Health Services Provider to Help Immigrant Employees Earn Citizenship

ORANGE COUNTY — Executives and employees from AltaMed, Southern California’s leading community-based health services provider, are joining forces with the National Immigration Forum on Saturday to reaffirm their commitment to ethnic communities in Orange County — this time by providing their eligible permanent resident employees with citizenship assistance.

After launching its inaugural Bethlehem Project site in downtown Los Angeles last July, AltaMed is extending services to its Orange County campus, where it hopes to help dozens of eligible permanent resident employees and their families. Eligible employees will receive onsite legal assistance for citizenship applications through partnerships with Catholic Charities Orange County.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at AltaMed Medical Group – Santa Ana, 2720 South Bristol, St., Santa Ana, CA 92704.

The following are quotes from conveners and participants in tomorrow’s event:

Cástulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation:
“For years, AltaMed has been working hard to eliminate disparities in health care access in multi-ethnic communities in Orange County. Now, with the help of the Bethlehem Project, we’re looking forward to continuing that work by helping our employees attain all the socioeconomic benefits associated with citizenship.”

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:
“Becoming a citizen is a complicated process that requires time and resources. By offering these services, AltaMed is continuing to make citizenship affordable and attainable for its workers. Along the way, AltaMed is helping them gain access to considerable economic and personal benefits.”

This work is made possible due to the generous support of the New Americans Campaign and the California Community Foundation.

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