What is the Immigrant Service Providers Network?
The Immigration Service Providers Network increases collaboration by providing opportunities for education and outreach to unite organizations that support the foreign born and their families.
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 these key areas:
Networking among organizations serving immigrant and refugee individuals and their families.
Educating service providers on relevant immigration laws and policies to assist them in better serving their clients.
Supporting coordinated and collaborative efforts for increasing capacity within community resources.
Promoting awareness of public, private and community organizations as well as resources for immigrant and refugee individuals and their families.
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?
ISPN meets every fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:00 - 11:00 am at the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being (1000 N. Vandeventer Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108).
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.
9:00 am: Networking and Announcements--open to all service providers
9:50 am: Member Committee Work
How can I join?
Please click here submit an ISPN inquiry form.