We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I thought, “Hmm, there are folks being released from the ICE detention center who have no place to go and are far from home. And there’s nobody in town working to ease the transition from detention to their final destination… what can I do about that?” My goal wasn’t to start a business/nonprofit, it was a response to a need that our community had and I started off small and slow, but knew it would make an impact in someone’s life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Casa de Paz community does our best to see the person released from ICE detention and provide hospitality (the love of the stranger) so they know they are welcome in the US. Not only are they welcome here, that we WANT them here. Since we’re the only nonprofit in the Denver area doing this type of work, we are really grateful to have such a supportive volunteer family. Our volunteers are the reason we can keep doing what we do. They do everything from pick up released immigrants, to preparing delicious meals, to accompanying them to the airport, to donating household supplies, to opening up their homes to provide shelter, to writing detained immigrants as a gesture of solidarity… they are the best!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d probably create a wheel of options and spin it every time we wanted to do something! We could even have one wheel for restaurants, one for activities, one for spending time outdoors, etc. This wheel sounds fun even for locals haha!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shout out to Jesus! He said to love our neighbor as we love ourselves aka the golden rule. If I was alone in a foreign city, I’d want a kind person to come alongside me and treat me with dignity and respect. So… that’s what I strive to do because Jesus told me to do so.