Hospitality for Refugees
Supporting Refugees & Asylum-Seekers in Southern NM, El Paso, TX, & Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México
Border Servant Corps has served as a temporary Hospitality Center for refugee families released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and/or U.S. Customs & Border Protection. Each family has identified sponsors in the United States, with immigration proceedings in cities near their sponsor. Through the Hospitality Center, families are provided meals, beds, showers, clean clothing, shoes, wellness checks, and transportation arrangements.
Beginning in 2018, BSC partnered with Annunciation House – the primary Hospitality Center in this region – which connects refugee families being released to temporary Hospitality Centers in the region. In January 2019, BSC became part of the newly-established NM Hospitality Coalition, coordinating with faith-based entities, NGOs, and government officials to support asylum-seekers in this region on both sides of the border.
Throughout the changes in immigration policies and practices, BSC has continued to serve asylum-seekers, wherever they are located in this region. From providing tents and blankets for families living under the Ports of Entry in Ciudad Juárez to supporting a network of shelters in Ciudad Juárez with funding for COVID tests, PPE, over-the-counter medications, basic food baskets, and a few infrastructure projects – BSC continues its commitment to supporting asylum-seeking families.
From churches and nonprofits to immigration officials and government entities: We are humbled to be part of an extraordinary humanitarian effort – beyond politics or religion – that demonstrates the heart of our borderlands community.
Through this sense of shared mission, individuals and organizations continue to express a willingness and commitment to welcome asylum-seekers once again. We look forward to continued collaboration as we come together to support families in our region.
How to Help
Volunteer with Us
To be contacted to volunteer, sign up below (you may also sign up to volunteer with the NM Medical Reserve Corps):
Donate to support families on both sides of the U.S./México border (donation lists, Amazon Wish lists, donations link, etc.):
Write a short note/quote, in Spanish, for asylum-seekers in this region. Learn more:
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Heartfelt Reflections from Community Volunteers
Serving the Community
They (refugees) have – time and time again – really showed me what it means to be human. They have shown me what it means to be courageous and brave. That have shown me what it means to just keep going – to not hold on to anger and resentment. And they have shown me what it is to have gratitude for the simplest of things. They’re part of – we’re all part of – the human race and, as such, we should be here for each other. – Elizabeth Bennett
My experience with Border Servant Corps started in October of 2018 and what a blessing it’s been. I love that God will use me to bless others with simple skills like offering a friendly face or a hug or basic necessities like a hygiene kit. Every week, I reminded myself that refugees came from difficult experiences … so I knew that I needed to be friendly and kind and loving to them and serve them: Whether it was giving them lunch or explaining to them how to use the showers or anything else that was something I take for granted. I would say the biggest challenge for me was earning their trust, but God came in and gave me some wisdom in that the best way to earn their trust – or the fastest way to earn their trust – was to just love them. So that’s what I did. I was kind and gracious and I would remind them often, “We’re here to serve you. I’m here to help you with whatever you need,” in Spanish, of course. I’d always smile and them know that I was here for them and spend as much time as I could, just visiting with them. And I saw that it was true – it worked. They would trust me – maybe not completely – but enough to know that I was here to help them. – Suzy Fulton