Dozens of Migrant families arrived in three buses Tuesday afternoon and received a warm welcome by volunteers and members of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.
“We nonetheless, hope to be the first really smiling faces that they encounter. The first people to say, ‘How can we help?” Bishop Mark Seitz shared with KTSM, “They’re coming from unimaginably difficult situations in their own country. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be picking up everything that they know and departing.”
These families traveled a long journey from Central America, like Honduras and Guatemala.
“It’s an exciting feeling. It’s something we’ve always dreamed of coming to this country, our dream is becoming reality,” One Migrant shared.
The Diocese is giving temporary shelter for these refugees with volunteers helping sort donations like clothing and shoes.
“There are people here who have compassion toward them and understand their situation want to make this a better process for them. And we just care about them,” Volunteer Judy Young said.
Bishop Mark Seitz told KTSM it’s as if these migrants are brothers and sisters he hasn’t met yet, and wants them to know that politics aside; they’re welcome with open arms.
“These people have human dignity because we believe they’re not aliens from another planet. They’re human beings and therefore brothers and sisters,” Bishop Seitz shared.
If you would like to donate to the Hospitality Center at Martyr Hall, the Diocese is looking for these items:
- Utensils/Kitchen Supplies
- Toiletry Supplies