Located in the historic district of Las Cruces, El Calvario Methodist Church has transformed its facility into not just a housing shelter for migrants, but a place that provides them with opportunities they might not get anywhere else.
Organizations from both NMSU and Memorial Hospital have joined together to help provide the migrants with care and assistance.
Doctors and nursing students are volunteering their time during the week to make sure refugees at the shelter are in good health.
The New Mexico Department of Health has provided a medical van that allows doctors to medically examine and treat the migrants.
Social work students from NMSU meet with each refugee and help connect them with their sponsor, as well as assist them book flights or purchase bus passes to their final destinations.
Volunteers tell KTSM once they gain the migrants’ trust, they are able to see a difference in their personalities.
“You see a big difference in their change in behavior… it’s like their soul comes back,” says refugee program coordinator Anselmo Delgado Martinez.
El Calvario also provides legal services including information on their rights and who they should contact when in trouble.
The shelter runs on donations and is asking for small clothing.
If you would like to donate or volunteer, you can contact the church at (575) 524-1230 or visit them at 300 N. Campo St.