Help Migrant Famililes

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Raised by 1,632 people in 2 months
Created November 15, 2018
Since October 26, immigration authorities have been vetting families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and releasing them in San Diego without resources or transportation.

Even with heightened enforcement at the border in late-November, asylum-seeking families continue to be released every day in San Diego, and we need your help to continue meeting their urgent needs.

These families are fleeing violence, suffering, and persecution in their home countries. They have endured many hardships on a long and dangerous journey to the United States. Like many of us, they have come here by whatever means possible to give their children a better life.

 Desperate and in need of help, these families are arriving at a Migrant Shelter in San Diego run by the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) , a coalition of human rights and service organizations working for the protection of immigrants. 

Upon arrival at the shelter, the SDRRN and its partners quickly respond to the most pressing needs of these vulnerable children and families by providing meals, a hot shower, medical care, and legal services. Most families have children ranging in age from three months to 10 years old. These children often need formula and diapers, and toys to add joy to what is a very difficult experience.

The SDRRN and its partners are committed to responding to the needs of these vulnerable families. Your support will be the welcoming hand these families so desperately need.

Once families' immediate, basic needs are met, the SDRRN coordinates travel and provides limited financial assistance to help them reunite with loved ones in other U.S. cities – often a multi-day bus trip across the country. Staff also ensure that these newcomers receive detailed information about their rights as asylum seekers - including when they must report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and appear in court in their destination cities.

From October 26 to late December, the SDRRN has sheltered more than 3,200 asylum seekers. Every day, as many as 40  families are arriving at the shelter after being cleared by the Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States. Your support will give these vulnerable families the resources and compassionate support they need at this critical point of their journey to find freedom, safety, and a better life.

About San Diego Rapid Response Network :

 As a coalition of human rights and service organizations, attorneys, and community leaders, the San Diego Rapid Response Network stands ready to provide a humanitarian response, aiding immigrants and their families in the San Diego border region.

Core Partners:  ACLU - ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties;  ERC – Employee Rights Center;  JFS - Jewish Family Service of San Diego;
SEIU – Local 221 ; SDOP – San Diego Organizing Project

As a core partner and fiscal agent for the San Diego Rapid Response Network, Jewish Family Service of San Diego manages the San Diego Rapid Response Network Fund to support the coalition's work. 100% of your donation goes to the SDRRN. Jewish Family Service is a 501(C)3 and all donations go through the PayPal Giving Fund.  Donations are tax-deductible.


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Update 7
4 days ago

I encourage you to read the following article “As Government Pulls Back, Charities Step In to Help Released Migrants” from today’s New York Times (link at the bottom of this update). The article compellingly outlines the root causes of this humanitarian crisis and explains why shelters like ours are so vital.

From the article:
“But as the number of migrant families in recent months has overwhelmed the government’s detention facilities, the Trump administration has drastically reduced its efforts to ensure the migrants’ safety after they are released. People working along the border say an ever larger number of families are being released with nowhere to stay, no money, no food and no means of getting to friends and relatives who may be hundreds or thousands of miles away.”

Since October, our shelter has temporarily housed and provided support services for more than 4,500 asylum-seekers.

Thank you again for continuing to share our campaign and supporting our work. We couldn’t do it without you.
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Update 6
10 days ago
The San Diego Rapid Response Network, and its many partners, donors and volunteers, rose to the challenge again last week to assist asylum seeking families released by the federal government into our community. Together, we aided 532 individuals – including many small children – with shelter, food, clothing, medical care, legal advice, hygiene services and assistance with transportation to their sponsors across the country. That brings our total served since the end of October to 4,500 people. Our SDRRN Hotline fielded 60 calls for assistance last week.

Continuing to make breakthroughs with elected officials from many levels of government, we hosted several last week – as we struggle to secure a large, safe facility and resources to accommodate the fluctuating number of families in need of temporary support.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard visited the shelter to see for herself the strain that the federal government is placing on our community through release policies that seem designed to disrupt and punish asylum seekers.

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom included in his inaugural speech a mention of his visit to San Diego’s migrant shelter and of a three-year-old girl in need of asylum “who captured my heart.” Of Californians, he said, “At a time when so much of America is divided, we are united. Our people are big-hearted and fair minded….”

California Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins returned last week, after serving lunch on Christmas Day. In December, she boldly called on public officials at all levels of government to resolve this ongoing humanitarian crisis. “Relying on non-profit social service agencies to shoulder this entire responsibility and without the resources to do so is not a process that can be sustained indefinitely,” she said. “There is no excuse for inaction; it is the government’s responsibility to step in and solve this potential crisis.”

Sen. Atkins was joined at the shelter by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, led by its Chair, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, and Vice Chair Senator Maria Elena Durazo. Also in attendance for the briefing and tour were Senators Susan Rubio and Anna Caballero and Assemblymembers Susan Talamantes Eggman, Cristina Garcia, Assemblymember Monique Limón, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Assembly District 4 and San Diego’s own Todd Gloria. They were accompanied by Frank Reyes, member of the Board of Trustees for San Bernardino Community College District.

On Friday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that the City of San Diego is evaluating properties that may be suitable to shelter migrants in a stable, secure location and prevent the need to relocate operations while providing services, as the shelter has done five times since late October.

Led by Supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher, the County Board of Supervisors announced last week that on January 8th, the Board of Supervisors will consider actions to better mitigate safety and health risks due to the abandonment of vulnerable families on our county streets.

National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis volunteered at the shelter this week and returned to donate Rosca de Reyes and other items. Mona Rios, Councilwoman for the City of National City, also came by the shelter.

Arturo Solis, Board Member of Sweetwater Union High School District, toured the shelter this week as well.

We are grateful to all our public officials for showing their concern and for their commitment to our common goal of transitioning all asylum seekers, safely and humanely, from San Diego County to their final destinations.

Thank you for your continued support of the shelter and our GoFundMe Campaign. We couldn't continue without your support!
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Update 5
25 days ago
In San Diego, ICE drops migrants right at our shelter so they can receive medical care, transportation assistance, and other much needed help. In other cities, this isn't the case as made clear by this story today on CNN titled "ICE drops off large group of migrants at El Paso bus terminal, police say" -- ICE didn't tell Greyhound it was dropping off 200 migrants at their station. Read the story here:

SDRRN is continuing to encourage elected leaders to act immediately to develop and implement a sustainable plan to keep vulnerable asylum-seeking families off the streets and help them reach their final destinations. Tomorrow--on Christmas Day, several elected officials will be visiting the shelter to see firsthand how important and impactful our shelter is and how we are avoiding a crisis situation as CNN is describing in El Paso.

Thank you again for continuing to share our campaign and supporting our work. Together we are living the spirit of the holiday season -- peace and compassion.
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Update 4
29 days ago
This is a crucial time for the shelter as we had to move to a new location. Funds are desperately needed to maintain daily operation and to support cross-country travel expenses of migrant families. SDRRN is urging elected leaders to act immediately to develop and implement a sustainable plan to keep vulnerable asylum-seeking families off the streets and help them reach their final destinations.

This is what is needed to address this dire situation: Flexible funding to respond to surges in migrant arrivals at the San Diego/Tijuana border region; funding to cover travel expenses, health services and general operating support for the emergency shelter; humanitarian aid; and more temporary and long-term housing solutions for processed migrant families.

Together, we can provide the resources and support asylum-seeking families at this critical point in their journey. Thank you for your support and for sharing this campaign again and again!

In these photos, Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom is taking a tour of the shelter.
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Raised by 1,632 people in 2 months
Created November 15, 2018
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