BROWNSVILLE, TX – What began as response to a growing crisis is now seeking to help migrants full time.
This week the director of the Iglesia Bautista Migrant Respite Center has set her sights on a nonprofit status. The reason, to help extend their efforts to those crossing the border.
“We are one of the last points of contact before they go into society,” says organizer Gabriela Zavala, “The work that we do here and the way that the community supports that could mean the difference between, do you become a functional member of society or do you not?”
The center is located on 925 W St Charles St in Brownsville. It opened it’s doors as a respite center for migrants this April. This is one of the many locations across the valley where federal authorities drop of immigrants that have been processed. Here, they are given shelter, clothes, and relief before departing to their destinations.
“We weren’t sure whether the drop-offs were going to continue in the numbers that they are. But now that we’re seeing that this is going to be something constant, we want to expand our church.” Says Zavala.
Right now the center is operating at limited capacity. Working around the regular church hours, coordinating with local shelters as they cannot offer overnight stays. Now they’re looking to grow to help more visitors.
The group is setting up a gofundme page to raise funds for acquiring their goal of becoming a nonprofit.
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