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A charity fund forAnnunciation House

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Immigrant Relief in El Paso

Started by: Nick Krembs

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In December 2018, I visited El Paso, Texas, to help refugees from Central America establish new, safe lives in the United States. I’m feeling pulled back for another three-week trip, and I need your help with transportation costs. In addition to directly helping people who are applying for refugee status, I'll be relieving the volunteers already in place who are struggling to provide hospitality and transportation assistance. Your support allows me to help people in desperate need.

The Problem

ICE has been regularly releasing between 300 and 400 persons daily to the existing hospitality organization in El Paso, Annunciation House, with which I have been working. That’s as many as 2,100 immigrants who need help every week. The volunteers work to feed, house and clothe them. We help obtain bus and train tickets, take them to the station to see them off on the next step of their journey, and provide them with food for their multi-day trips to all corners of the United States.

Benefiting: Annunciation House

Right now, the large number of refugees being released each week is straining an already strained volunteer effort. Annunciation House has been able to expand to nine refugee centers, assisting 2000+ people per week, all staffed by volunteers. Churches of all denominations have opened their parish halls, schools, gyms, and kitchens to support this influx of people in need. I’m one of many volunteers from all over the US, from all faiths and economic backgrounds, who have come to El Paso for weeks and months at a time to help staff these centers.

Conclusion: Please help.

With your support, I'll return to El Paso for another three-week trip to help at Annunciation House. I need to raise $3000 to pay for airfare and a rental van to transport immigrants to the airport or bus stations. I will donate all contributions in excess of this amount to Annunciation House to support this ongoing mission offering hospitality to immigrants in El Paso.

Read more about the ICE immigration crisis at the US border:

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/25/680087478/ice-continues-to-release-hundreds-of-asylum-seekers-into-public-park-in-el-paso

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/us/immigrants-el-paso-release-death.html

Latest Update

Please open the link below to read about the significant rise in the number of asylum seekers released by ICE last week to the shelter community for refugees in El Paso, TX. 3637 people in that week strains the volunteer capacity of Annunciation House. Please spread the word of the immediate need for Spanish speaking volunteers to go to El Paso for 2 weeks (or 1 month or longer) to work in one of the 9 shelters offering refugees hospitality and assistance traveling to sponsors. This week, 3500 immigrants were released and bused to shelters. Immigrants are being bused as far as Albuquerque to find more shelter sites. 3 hotels in El Paso are being used (paid for) as shelters. All these shelters need Spanish speaking staffing to help the immigrants contact and travel to their sponsors in America, so they can actually begin the process of requesting asylum. https://www.ktsm.com/immigration/record-number-of-migrants-released-to-annunciation-house/1803705739 https://annunciationhouse.org Ple

Posted by Nick

March 4 at 2:10pm

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Time flies when I'm busy. ICE releases to the shelters has increased recently filling us to capacity day after day. I'm staying another week to continuing helping in ways that I can. Volunteers keep arriving for a couple weeks or a couple months. I haven't time now to say more. Thank you for getting me here to part of a bridge welcoming people to a new life. I'll return to VT Feb.5.

Posted by Nick

January 30 at 1:55am

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I've been in El Paso for a week (I have lost track of time) and been busy at the Juan Diego shelter. After a few days of no releases by ICE, we resumed getting immigrants bused to our door. The number released varies each day and ICE isn't giving us any advance knowledge to help us plan. There are many volunteers in town and arriving, so the Annunciation house organization is able to serve all being released. There was a good article published in the NY Times yesterday (look it up) that accurately describes what is happening along the border and how charitable organizations are functioning. Annunciation House and Ruben Garcia are in the middle of the long article. "NY Times: As government pulls back, Charities step in..." So I've been driving guests to buses and planes, serving meals, moving donated food and clothing around, playing with kids in the hallways, repairing things at the Casa Vides shelter where I'm staying. Today we are expecting 41 new guests, so gotta get back to work.

Posted by Nick

January 15 at 7:04pm

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I'm on my way to El Paso Tuesday. I'm energized by your goodwill and generosity and will put our values into action. All donations to this fund will go toward feeding and housing immigrant families, while assisting their travel to sponsors in the US.

Posted by Nick

January 8 at 1:18am

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  • Anonymous12 weeks ago
  • Richard C Andrews14 weeks ago I admire your initiative, Nick. You're doing a lot of good in the world.
  • Nancy Dennis14 weeks ago thanks for doing so much for the immigrants.... I hope to be able to volunteer myself in the future
  • Julia A Frishtick and Steven Butnik14 weeks ago Best wishes.
  • Anonymous14 weeks ago
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  • James Franczyk14 weeks ago Good Luck, Nick! Glad you are doing this. Cheers and support from the Class of '63!
  • Anonymous15 weeks ago
  • Deborah W Crosby15 weeks ago
  • Brie Swenson15 weeks ago Thank you for giving so much of your time to our greater community, Nick.
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