SRA Ministries joined Proyecto Inmigrante during the ceremony of blessing and opening, of their new headquarters and community service center in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Mani Rubio

August 31st, 2021.

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, civic and religious teams associated with the organization named Proyecto Inmigrante, gathered to celebrate the opening of what is to be the permanent headquarters and community service center in Dallas and throughout the Metroplex.

With the presence of a full assembly, Proyecto Inmigrante's volunteer, staff, and executive committees celebrated the successful results this organization has achieved during its 15-years of existence. SRA Ministries was also present to celebrate this stepping stone in a life of a very influential organization under the leadership of its CEO and founder, Douglas Interiano.

"Our mom not only instilled in us to move forward, but also to go back to the community and give back a little bit of what we've accomplished as a thank you to what the community itself once gave us. As my mom used to say, 'with or without a title, we're going to help,'" Ms. Monica Alonso, a former Dallas city councilman, shared with the audience gathered there.

"Necessity unites us. The immigrant's need for a better tomorrow unites us. We are here to support immigrants and give our best," said Pastor Lynn Godsey, a founding member of the organization's executive committee.

Douglas Interiano, who since its inception has been the general president of Proyecto Inmigrante, explained that there is currently a network of more than 25 churches of various religious denominations that serve as an interfaith council for Proyecto Inmigrante. The organization also have community council teams based in Dallas, Fort Worth and Wichita Falls. Throughout its history, this organization has served some 100,000 families.

Douglas ended his speech by reflecting: "Seeking an immigration reform these days, as it is being presented from the Washington Congress these months, will mean bringing the residency (and then later the citizenship) to about 5 to 7 million people who are already here in the United States. These people will include: the "dreamers" who are covered under DACA, the people who work in the agriculture industry and have been the backbone of all the country's food particularly in this time of COVID, and all the staff who work in essential jobs. We hope, rather, we pray, and look forward, that this reform will be achieved soon. That's what we're preparing for."