How You Can Help
$7 per pizza via bit.ly/BABRpizza
THERE IS A DAILY NEED!
Buck's Pizza in Mission, TX and Bay Area Border Relief
have collaborated on an online pizza ordering option, to make pizza purchases on behalf of the Humanitarian Respite Center of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.
(Special thanks to volunteers Glenn and Gray!)
It's so easy!
No matter where you are, or what time it is--
You can order pizza for the Respite Center
via your phone or computer.
The instructions are super simple!
Go to: bit.ly/BABRpizza
Click on the pizza and select the # of pizzas you'd like to order.
Order 1, 10, or a 100 pizzas, or whatever your favorite # is!
The price includes tax, delivery and the Square service charge.
Enter the requested info, your credit card # and click checkout.
PLEASE NOTE: You can still call Buck's, 956-581-8611, during business hours, the old-fashioned way, it's just less efficient.
Thank you for restoring basic human dignity via your support of the Humanitarian Respite Center.
Any questions, please email: BayAreaBorderRelief@gmail.com
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
BY CHECK: Make payable to Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and please note BORDER RELIEF on the memo line.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
1222 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA 94612-1201
SUPPLIES & CLOTHING
Send directly to the current Respite Center address below (earlier addresses on Beaumont and Hackberry are no longer valid).
Please note this new address as of June 10, 2019:
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
ATTN: Humanitarian Respite Center
111 S. 15th Street
McAllen, TX 78501
New underwear and socks in all smaller adult sizes and all sizes for children is especially needed. Clean, basic clothing and shoes for smaller men, women, children and babies are always needed.
Please do not send L or XL sizes for adults (these sizes are way too large for most Central Americans.)
CLOTHING: T-shirts, Jeans, Socks, Shoes, Underwear, Light jackets for bus travel, (Warm Boots, Beanies, Gloves during colder months)
ART SUPPLIES: Coloring books, crayons, canvases, paint and paint brushes
MISC: Backpacks, Snacks, Gift Cards or financial contributions
JOIN US ON A FUTURE HUMANITARIAN MISSION
The next trip to McAllen and Brownsville is planned for June 19-July 2, 2019. Donations and supplies are being collected through June 14th. Email us your interest at BayAreaBorderRelief@gmail.com
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HELPING THIS CAUSE (evolving list, there are many more)
Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley
They run the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Sister Norma Pimentel's 5-year effort. They accept any donations, financial, in-kind, via Amazon wishlist or in-person volunteering.
RAICES is the largest immigration legal services non-profit in Texas, focusing on under-served immigrant children, families and refugees. In immigration court, there is no guaranteed right to counsel. Their art installations are intended to jar the senses, e.g. #NoKidsInCages
Freedom for Immigrants
Supports immigrants in ICE detention and has an Oakland, CA office. Arranges visits for detainees, hosts & supports asylum seekers in the community, provides transport, ICE appointment support & other services.
Assists newcomer families in becoming self-sufficient in the U.S. by providing services to help attain English language, life, job, and academic skills needed to succeed in their new communities.
Helps asylum seekers who find themselves in Brownsville, Texas and at the Brownsville/Matamoros international bridges.
Good Neighbor Settlement House
Works with the volunteers of Team Brownsville in Brownsville, TX who daily feed and care for asylum seekers waiting on the bridge.
KIND: Kids in Need of Defense
KIND tries to provide every child in immigration court with quality representation, through their national pro bono network of nearly 40,000 KIND-trained attorneys, paralegals and law students.
This charity in El Paso gives shelter, food, clothing, hygiene products, bus tickets, etc., to 1000s of refugee families released by CBP, to help get them over the next few days and then on to family they have in the US.
Here is a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help immigrant children separated from their families from the Texas Tribune.
PAST CALLS TO ACTION
The weekend of February 9-10, 2019 we urged supporters to contact key members of the congressional committee negotiating the budget around the government shutdown:
We must protest the skyrocketing costs of the detention of immigrant children, in places where their human rights are consistently violated. $458 million in federal grants was paid in 2018 to one organization's immigrant child detention centers. We must demand humane treatment for these detained children as stipulated in the government-negotiated Flores settlement of 1997.
1. Sample Call to Action Letter A suggested cover letter/script/fax; (to be personalized with your information).
2. A letter by attorney Peter Schey, Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, with more detailed information for your review. You can also FAX this letter with your cover letter should you choose to FAX your concerns.
3. The list of Budget committee members, their DC phone and FAX numbers and websites. Most of Congress do not accept emails from people outside their Districts. If you reside in a relevant District, please send an email. Otherwise, please call and/or send a FAX.
With 11 people on this list it will take approx. 30 minutes to FAX all of them, a bit longer to call them.