UPDATE! November 23, 2021
Seeking Asylum: Support for Newcomer Families
Bay Area Border Relief's (BABR) "Seeking Asylum: Support for Newcomer Families" campaign continues much-needed ongoing support for 22 newcomer immigrant families (70 individuals) in the SF Bay Area (and beyond) and individual special case needs at the U.S-Mexico border in southernmost Texas. Support includes: food, clothing, supplies, transportation, legal services, and a 2021 special holiday food pantry and children gifts. In addition, we've also assisted family members to locate separated family members, including minors; secure temporary and permanent housing, jobs and work permits; provide work-site clothing; access medical and dental insurance and services (including births and surgeries), flu shots/vaccines/COVID testing; acquire phones, school registrations, ESL classes, summer camp, etc.
- Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated. This is a joint effort with all community! All donations can be designated IMMEDIATE NEEDS.
- As a special incentive, contributions of $500 and up will receive a unique hand-crafted quilted fabric tile, made by a women's artisan cooperative in Oaxaca, Mexico (see images below) whose community has been directly impacted by the effects of migration. Using applique, embroidery and recycled fabrics, these quilted fabric tiles illustrate migration's impact in their community with powerful quotes and simple, but impactful vignettes/scenarios. Detailed descriptions are available here. Each quilted tile square has a unique number. If you make a $500 and up contribution, please email BABR: email@example.com and identify your choice of quilted tile square by its designated number. These will be available first-come/first-serve to the first 22 donations of $500 and up. Choices will be allocated by the order in which payment is received.
- CONTRIBUTIONS by check or credit card: bit.ly/BABRatPVF
- CONTRIBUTIONS by Venmo: @Lilli-Rey
Tax-deductible contributions to Bay Area Border Relief's efforts can be accepted via Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, EIN# 94-3136771.
BY CREDIT CARD:
bit.ly/BABRatPVF via Network for Good
Make payable to:
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
Note BORDER RELIEF on the memo line
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
1222 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA 94612-1201
BY VENMO: @Lilli-Rey
#RespiroDeVida #BreathofLife #UnRespiroDeVida #ABreathOfLife
Each $12 mask purchase includes shipping/handling and supports farmworkers, laborers, house cleaners and other hardworking folk along the San Mateo County coast. Many essential workers are being exposed to COVID-19 without any protection and desperately need masks. As of end of May 2020 we have distributed over 6,000 free masks to agricultural workers in California and asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border in Matamoros.
Child-sized masks now available. Please indicate adult/child size and pleated or fitted style in the comments section of the order form.
To support the mask-making sewing project, with a tax-deductible donation, go to ALAS (Ayudando Latinos a Soñar) via: bit.ly/alasmasks
This is a joint project of ALAS and Bay Area Border Relief.
Thank you for your purchase and support! Gracias por su apoyo!
by BABR volunteers and USF colleagues: Rick Ayers, Amy Argenal and Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga
An Appeal to Humanity — Close the Camps 1 of 3
The Children of Camp One, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico 2 of 3
An Easter COVID-19 wish: human solidarity with refugees at the border 3 of 3
Past BABR humanitarian missions to support asylum seekers
Two visits in February to Matamoros refugee camp and Brownsville, TX.
OCT 19-25, 2019
If you'd like to learn more about typical tasks while at the Humanitarian Respite Center, please read this general overview. Tasks may be different upon our arrival, but this provides a glimpse of the organized chaos! Email us at BayAreaBorderRelief@gmail.com if you're interested in joining the group.
Collection sites and deadlines for donations and supplies have not yet been organized, but will be posted here when announced.
JUNE 19-JULY 2, 2019
The team served Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley's Humanitarian Respite Center, Good Neighbor Settlement House, Team Brownsville in support newly arrived immigrants in McAllen and Brownsville, TX.
Collaborative group of 25 formed the Compassion Caravan to send a 26-foot truck of basic supplies, clothing, basic medicines, and toys from northern CA to southern TX for newly arrived immigrants at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX. The BABR team also protested the treatment and demanded release of young detainees in the Casa Padre Southwest Keys immigration detention facility in Brownsville, TX. Team members included faculty of the USF School of Education and San Francisco State University, philanthropists, nurses, students and community volunteers.
A group of 10, comprised of Bay Area Border Relief representatives plus the addition of University of San Francisco School of Education Marriage and Family Therapist professors and students spent five days in McAllen, TX offering trauma relief and humanitarian support to immigrants recently released from immigration detention.
Encouraged by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) to take action, a group of San Francisco Bay Area volunteers in her jurisdiction decided to protest the recent family separations at the border in TX and traveled to support the congressional delegation's visit to detention facilities and volunteer at the Humanitarian Respite Center.