Frequently Asked Questions

ISPN FAQ

What is the Immigrant Service Providers Network?

The Immigrant Service Providers Network supports the foreign born and their families by increasing access to community resources, advocating for inclusive policies and services and educating residents and providers in the St. Louis region.
Our members are organizations and individuals who serve immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis area.

Is the ISPN an agency/nonprofit organization?

We are a network of organizations and providers that serve immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis region. The ISPN is not a registered nonprofit organization.

The ISPN is an initiative of the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) and is supported through various grants.

What does the ISPN do?

The ISPN is a one-stop hub for anyone providing services to foreign born and their families.

Our organization focuses on five key areas:

  • Providing networking opportunities for all professionals and community organizations working with immigrant and refugee individuals and their families.
  • Promoting awareness of public, private and community organizations, as well as resources for the foreign born in our region.
  • Advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees, including through policy reform.
  • Providing education about immigration law and inclusive policies to community members and service providers.
  • Supporting coordinated and collaborative efforts for increasing capacity within community resources.

I work at a nonprofit organization. Can I advocate without violating our 501C3/501C4 rules?

Yes!

Our members spend their days serving the immigrant and refugee community. As experts in the needs of the foreign born, the ISPN aims to empower its members to share their knowledge with policymakers and the public.

In general, nonprofit and social welfare organizations may legally express positions on ballot initiatives, referenda, state constitutional amendments, city charter amendments, bond measures, and other policies put to a direct vote of the public but not support or oppose any candidates for public office.

When does the ISPN meet?

The ISPN meets every fourth Wednesday of the month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Missouri Immigrant Refugee Advocate (MIRA) office, 2725 Clifton Ave., St. Louis 63139.

What are the ISPN meetings like?

Our meetings are working meetings, which allows our all-volunteer network to complete tasks and projects in a time-efficient manner.

About 30 to 45 minutes are devoted at each meeting for the committees to work. The meetings also allow time for inter-committee collaboration and larger group discussion.

How can I join?

There are three categories of membership: Casual, Connected and Committed. Membership varies in time commitment, but all members share the desire to improve the quality of life and access to services for immigrants in the St. Louis region. There are no membership dues, and the group is open to any organization or any individual provider that serves immigrants and refugees. Coalition meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday, from 9-10:30 a.m. Come to a meeting, and you will be connected to someone regarding the membership process. 

 

What organizations and providers are ISPN members?