Church of the City's new immigration center officially opened Wednesday night with the mission of assisting low-income immigrants and their families to improve their legal status and serving as community support for all immigrants in eastern Connecticut.
Since the College Access Program launched in 2011, 98 percent of its students - all New London residents - have enrolled in college, and 86 percent have persisted into their second year of higher education.
Just about a year ago, the pastors of the First Baptist Church of New London and the First Hispanic Baptist Church of New London got together for lunch to discuss issues facing their congregations.
I’ve visited over two dozen churches as part of this column, and many of them have had dedicated choirs and first rate music. For the instrumental offerings, however, it would be hard to top the First Hispanic Baptist Church of New London.
"It is our mission," said Executive Director Debra Pennuto-Muñiz, "to strengthen, educate Hispanic families not only in New London but in our surrounding (area). ... Our focus is on the Latino community, but we're not exclusive, we're inclusive."