Immigration and Legal Services

Building Hope in the City (BHITC) provides immigration and legal services to low- and moderate-income refugees and immigrants in need of such assistance at The Hope Center as part of its ministry to this community.

The organization seeks to build friendships with refugees and immigrants at the command of Jesus, who told us to not only welcome strangers, but also treat them as though they are family.  By providing affordable legal representation, refugees and immigrants are given dignity and the best chance to take steps toward fully integrating into their new home.

In 2017, through its Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) certification, BHITC aided 93 refugees in becoming American citizens and assisted in 357 immigration cases.  Nick Tribuzzo joined BHITC’s staff in 2018 as Manager of Legal Services for The Hope Center,  expanding what BHITC offers to refugees and immigrants through legal filings and representation.

He is a graduate of John Carroll University, where he did his undergraduate work, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, where he obtained his law degree. Most recently, he worked at Robert Brown LLC and Mansour Gavin, LPA.

He also began volunteering with BHITC in October of 2017. He and his wife are members of Cove City Church (supported by BHITC’s Transform 216 ministry) and live on the east side. “I’m most excited to join Building Hope’s staff because it provides me with the chance to help expand legal access to Cleveland’s refugee and immigrant community by building genuine, strong relationships with my clients,” says Nick. “God is restoring our world without end. I am regularly reminded of the constant restoration He is doing in my heart. He’s making all things new, and I’m excited to be used by Him in this restorative work as a legal counselor.”

BHITC fees for these services are often minimal and based on income.  Assistance for additional forms is provided at a fee per service rate.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your immigration concern, contact (216) 241-9400 or refugeeinfo@buildinghopeinthecity.org.