Helping the Texas and Arizona Migrants
The governors and ICE on the Texas and Arizona borders are sending busloads of Migrants who have come across the border, to the Washington, DC and Maryland area. 1500 Migrants per month have been coming to this area. Volunteers from SAMU First Response have been meeting the Texas busses at Union Station and Arizona busses will come into Maryland. The people brought to the shelters are women, women and families with children, and those who need medical care. If that number exceeds the number of cots in the Montgomery County shelter on E. Gude Drive, the single men who are left are sent onto the streets, sometimes with a blanket.
The Church in Society Committee is sponsoring this opportunity to find ways to help. We are already using the ‘profits’ from our Fair Trade sales to develop a Therapeutic Play Center at the shelter on E. Gude Drive. There are individual ways to help or volunteer. There are ways we can collect items needed by the shelter.
Come and listen to the coordinator, Amy Hammond, on Wednesday, July 27 at 7. Partners from the faith communities in the Reach Faith Advisory Committee will join us. Amy will we speaking about the needs of the people, how to help, and a brief orientation for those who want to volunteer. She will also discuss how a few other faith communities have been able to help.
Don't forget: Prior to signing up for serving, you must complete one of our orientation sessions. Once you have done that and submitted the volunteer agreement forms, you are free to set your own schedule for volunteering. We have new orientation sessions being added soon, including some in Washington, DC and even virtual sessions! Keep your eyes peeled for those opportunities.
And please help us spread the word on volunteering with us (sign up here), donating supplies (those needs are here), funds (make a donation here) or clothing. We’ve partnered with Goods for Good DC to do a massive DMV-wide clothing drive. You can find donation locations and a list of items we can and cannot accept here.
Donna R Perry, MD
Chair, Church in Society