Help Migrant Famililes

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Raised by 1,766 people in 3 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;  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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Another exciting time for the shelter! Governor Gavin Newsom visited San Diego to underscore his support for emergency and long-term funding for SDRRN’s migrant shelter and services. Then , San Diego’s Assembly delegation delivered! The California Assembly voted unanimously to support, serve, help and protect asylum-seeking families in our region throughout 2019.

We are deeply grateful for this show of bipartisan, statewide solidarity for our border region and its unique responsibilities. We look forward to San Diego’s own Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins speeding approval of the funding through the Senate and sending it to the Governor’s desk for signature.

In the meantime, plans are underway to convert an old family courthouse downtown to a suitable family shelter. To keep asylum-seeking families from becoming homeless, we give them a safe place to stay for a night or two while arrangements are made for travel to their sponsors’ homes across the nation. Much work needs to be done to convert the courthouse building into secure sleeping quarters. We also need a licensed kitchen and cafeteria, hygiene stations, a medical office, a play area for child care and storage space for donated clothing, diapers and toiletries.

SDRRN still needs ongoing donations to meet the needs of our guests, keep the shelter running, and prepare for future shelter operations.

By the Numbers:
Last week, SDRRN received 376 asylum seekers at our shelter and assisted them with travel to their final destinations. That brings our total number of asylum seekers served to 5,900. The SDRRN Hotline received 46 calls.

Never underestimate the importance of this work. One volunteer recently rushed a two-month-old migrant infant and her parents to the emergency room of a local hospital. The baby girl was suffering from the respiratory illness RSV and bronchiolitis, a lung virus. She was admitted to the pediatric ICU, where she was treated for three days. Upon her release back to the shelter, her family was able to continue on their journey.

This is life-saving, as well as life-changing, work.

Great article to share - KPBS recently visited our shelter and met a family who was dropped off in San Diego and eventually made their way to the shelter.
She said, "I have help (now). It's a blessing of God."
Read the article here;

Thank you again for continuing to share our campaign and supporting our work. We couldn’t do it without you.
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Since late October thru January 1, we have served more than 5,200 individuals at the shelter. The shelter is a commitment to "Welcome the Stranger" and keep San Diego safe during this humanitarian crisis. I'm sharing an emotional photo-essay from the San Diego Union-Tribune, entitled "A mile in their shoes: Inside San Diego's migrant shelter." It is a reminder that each asylum-seeking family has a unique story of tragedy, perseverance, and hope.

And this Tuesday, the San Diego Board of Supervisors will vote on a bipartisan proposal by Vice Chair Greg Cox and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to provide a property to serve as a temporary shelter for when we have to leave our current location on February 15. This editorial in the Union-Tribune (shared below) calls this decision an "easy call," because of how we are helping asylum-seeking families AND for how we are keeping San Diego safe during this humanitarian crisis.

Thank you again for continuing to share our campaign and supporting our work. We couldn’t do it without you.

Links to Articles:
A mile in their shoes:

Temporary migrant shelter merits San Diego County's support:
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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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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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Raised by 1,766 people in 3 months
Created November 15, 2018
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