As the Borderland deals with record-breaking numbers of migrants seeking asylum, local churches like Vino Nuevo El Paso are opening their doors to provide temporary shelter.
KTSM has told you Border Patrol is facing overcrowding at facilities everywhere, with the worst in El Paso.
“We’re going into this with our heart, and trying to think with our minds. We don’t know how long we will be doing this for, but we do realize this is a marathon. It’s not a sprint,“ Mike Richards, Associate Pastor with Vino Nuevo El Paso church told KTSM.
Putting faith into practice – Vino Nuevo El Paso chose to open its doors and help with the overflow of migrants passing through the Borderland, “We know what they’ve told us with the American red cross, with Immigration, what we’re hearing from other organizations that are working in El Paso… This is something that’s fallen upon El Paso and it’s going to take a while to handle.“
The church welcomed 47 migrants this week, and has seen many volunteers step up and help. This ranges from registering everyone, tracking their destinations, feeding them, and organizing the many donations received from the church community.
“They have a need, they have problems in their countries, and they are here because they want a better future for their families,“ Volunteer Nora Gonzalez said, “Putting aside all the political aspects, the economic issues, they are human beings like you and me. We need and have to help them.“
Richards said this is just the start but the church is keeping an open-heart for the time being, “As a community, we’re open to serving the community, serving these people as long as we can. As best as we can. So we don’t have an end in sight, but we do hope it comes eventually.“
If you’re interested in volunteering or sending donations, you can drop them off at 988 Kessler Dr. in East El Paso from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Some donations include but aren’t limited to:
-Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s Clothes