Aspiring Citizens in Houston Helped by Bonding Against Adversity


On March 22, 126 Legal Permanent Residents filled out their applications to become citizens, thanks to the New Americans Campaign partner Bonding Against Adversity.

The non-profit provides “free and low-cost community outreach programs for disadvantaged residents with an emphasis on healthy living, safe living and reducing secondary school dropout rates.” They also, with the help of volunteers, help immigrants apply for citizenship.

Mariana Sanchez of Bonding Against Adversity talked about how the NAC has helped scale up the ability to provide citizenship services in Houston:,

“It was a great event and people were so grateful to have this type of event available in the North part of Houston. We thank the NAC for allowing us to serve the community at this capacity. Four years ago we had one immigration forum a year, and now we have 10 immigration forums a year­—and 20 small events where we are able to assist our community.”

They are already getting ready for their next citizenship workshop, which will take place on May 24 and will include screening for naturalization eligibility, application completion assistance, free test preparation materials, legal review and consultations.

For more information on that and other citizenship preparation events, please see Bonding Against Adversity’s calendar of events.

Posted on March 27, 2014

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More