This year the Mission Committee has chosen the Humanitarian Respite Center (RHC) operated by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Texas, to receive 100 percent of the offering.
Immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are fleeing from difficult circumstances—the rape of women and teenage girls, the recruitment of young boys into violent gangs—and their local governments’ inability or unwillingness to end the violence. Immigrants are arriving by the hundreds on the U.S.-Mexico border seeking to enter our country and gain status as asylum seekers.
Thousands of people are now awaiting court hearings that might gain them permanent residence in our country. This is truly a humanitarian crisis at our border. To meet this crisis volunteer agencies like the HRC are stepping into the breach, seeking to fill the gap between what our government is able to do and the many needs of the immigrants.
Under the direction of Sister Norma Pimentel, the center is a direct response to the refugee relief crisis that began in June of 2014 and has since served more than 100,000 refugees. The center provides basic human care to them and their families as they seek asylum in the United States and is the first point of contact for men, women, and children when they are released by immigration detention centers.
You can help by making a generous contribution to the Celebrating Youth Offering. Contributions can be made using the enclosed envelope or safely and securely online.