Just Neighbors is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to serving and supporting the immigrant community of northern Virginia. We foster mutual understanding between immigrants and the larger community in which they live.
Immigrants in northern Virginia will be welcomed into the community and take their places as self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities.
The mission of Just Neighbors is to provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in Virginia, especially those who are most vulnerable. We also seek to foster enriching experiences that enhance awareness and mutual understanding among our clients, volunteers, staff and community.
History of & Dedication to Providing Legal Assistance
Just Neighbors was founded in 1996 by pastors and attorneys of the United Methodist Church to develop a practical response to the legal challenges that low-income immigrants face in the United States. The organization set out to provide accurate and reliable information and services to the immigrant community. The founders of Just Neighbors recognized the need to assist immigrants of all faiths and nationalities and to treat immigrants with compassion and hospitality.
In 1996, Just Neighbors opened the doors of its main office in Falls Church, Virginia. Two years later, a second office in Herndon, Virginia, was established to provide immigration legal services to the growing immigrant population in western Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County. In 2000, the organization moved its main office to Arlington United Methodist Church. In October 2017, Just Neighbors moved to its present location in Annandale, Virginia.
Since its inception, Just Neighbors has partnered with other nonprofit organizations, community volunteers, local faith-based groups, and pro bono lawyers that provide services to immigrants. Through its direct and collaborative efforts, Just Neighbors has helped to empower clients and educate the community about current immigration laws and policies.
Just Neighbors was recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best local charities in greater Washington in 2006–2007, 2010–2011, 2013–2014 and 2017-2018.
We are honored to be a part of the United Way Campaign (#8574) and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC: #98417).
Just Neighbors is also designated as an Advance Special of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church (#907) as well as a program of the General Advance through the United Methodist Church, worldwide (#803002).
Just Neighbors is a Helping Hands agency for the Arlington Interfaith Council.