Texas Bar Foundation Awards Catholic Charities a Grant to Support Workshops, Legal Services


The Texas Bar Foundation recently awarded more than $30,020 to Catholic Charities’ St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance to support Know Your Rights Workshops and legal services for low-income immigrants.

“This generous grant will help us educate more individuals and families across the Greater Houston-Galveston region about their rights as immigrants,” said Zenobia T. Lai, Esq., Cabrini Center program director. “It also helps us reach the funding needed for a matching grant, so the benefits are multiplied even further.”

The Cabrini Center is the largest nonprofit immigration legal service provider in Houston accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent individuals in immigration legal matters.

The grant supports the Cabrini Center’s comprehensive program aimed at promoting social justice and empowering the region’s immigrant families with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect themselves.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

“We are delighted to receive this grant in support of the Cabrini Center, which is dedicated to providing high quality, low-cost and pro bono legal services to immigrants and refugees who are unable to obtain legal representation,” said Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, president and CEO of Catholic Charities. “It allows us to provide help and create hope for our clients.”

The center’s services and activities include outreach, legal assessment and counseling, citizen application assistance, legal representation and advocacy.