CSA Sisters Lend a Hand at the Catholic Charities Respite Center (Southern Border) Day 2
At Catholic charities Rio grande valley. Yesterday the staff and volunteers processed 278 refugees. Today 280 from Honduras. the workers have an amazing commitment to helping the families get food, shower, clothing, bus ticket quickly. They try to get refugees to the bus by the next day. We give them toiletries and a bag lunch. I sorted donated clothing while refugees were given one set of clothing for their journey. I practiced the vocabulary for clothing. We explain to the refugees that they need warm clothing. They don’t realize how cold the winter weather is up north. The refugees are young parents with young children. I asked a young pregnant woman how she traveled. She guardedly admitted the she rode on the roof of the train, la bestia, the beast. I rode with Jim to deliver a father and daughter to the bus terminal. The ticket agent and driver are bilingual and helpful. The father and daughter will arrive in Tennessee by morning. I can’t imagine their trauma.