The images of crying children, forcibly taken from their distraught parents, were horrifying.
Mary Jo Miller was appalled. If the federal government was going to so cruelly treat desperate families who simply seek asylum from intolerable conditions in their home countries, she knew she had to do something.
Mary Jo and her husband Ken with a refugee father and son.
She started talking to interested members of her book group and others about forming a grassroots organization to help. From an initial meeting of a handful of concerned women in July 2018, Refugee Aid was born. That organization has now grown to over 150 volunteers.
Currently, thousands of destitute and traumatized refugee families are stranded in deplorable conditions at our southern border. The administration’s asylum policies have forced infants, children and adults into dangerous and violent conditions in Mexico.
How You Can Help
Your kind donation will allow Refugee Aid to provide support to refugee shelters in our sister-city of Mexicali where thousands of refugees wait in hope of having their asylum rights restored. Refugee Aid also continues to provide support to churches in Phoenix that are helping the very small number of asylum seekers still permitted to make their way to their sponsors.
Refugee Aid is grateful for the generosity of supporters who enable us to move forward in our efforts to assist refugee families, particularly women and children.
Refugee children stranded in the border town of Mexicali because their mothers’s rights to apply for asylum have been curtailed.
Many of the the asylum seekers are moms who have traveled 2,000 miles with a child or children.
Refugees, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, countries plagued by gang violence and drugs, hope to make a better life for themselves and their children.
Many mothers make the journey seeking asylum, even with babies they must carry.
Asylum seeking moms hoping to make a better life for their kids, free of gang and drug related violence.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY - It is an EMERGENCY:
Donate now to provide supplies to homeless shelters in Mexicali, where refugee families wait months to apply for asylum and have their cases heard. Churches and non-profits have been
donating supplies but more help is needed. Your donation can make a huge difference to a family!
YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED TO HELP US PURCHASE:
· Rice, beans, coffee and dry milk for babies;
· Gently used clothing and shoes for all ages;
. Toiletries for bathing and caring for babies and children;
. Cleaning supplies to insure healthy and clean facilities;
· Children’s books, coloring books and crayons, and small stuffed animals for hugging.
Your donations and our hard-working volunteers make these efforts possible. Thank you for your contributions!
A thank you poster from grateful families in a Mexicali shelter.
Little boys of all nationalities love receiving a soccer ball.
- Sally Pullen
- Brenda Ringwald
- Sharon Kopina
- Mary Sherman