Casa Oscar Romero has limited medical care available to refugees for various ailments. Health concerns include upper respiratory conditions, high blood pressure, foot sores, athletes foot, and diabetes. While some asylum seekers are able to start their healing, others will carry the scars and trauma of their long and arduous migration for months and years.
As busy as we volunteers are, there is an occasional moment for personal connection with those who are staying overnight. A father let me hold his baby while his wife washed pots and pans in the kitchen. His daughter was born 40 days ago, which was before the parents left home and indicates how resolute the young couple was to migrate.
When I arrived in the dining area to eat a simple dinner, the guest cooks were eager to show me their appreciation by serving the usual rice and beans. Two adults and their young children told me about traveling four days by bus and then being confined for three days in the frigid detention center. They are eager to leave by bus tomorrow for Florida. While I ate, we had an introductory vocabulary lesson. They all four promised themselves to enroll in schools where they could learn English and become self-sufficient.