Giving Compass’ Take:
• Rebecca Ruiz reports on a group called Showing Up for Racial Justice, which helps connect refugees in need of housing to sponsors who want to help.
• This is just one way to give your time in the midst of a US immigration crisis that has seen children separated at the border from their parents. Are you ready to address the needs of refugees?
Grace Aheron has never met the four transgender women from Honduras and El Salvador currently detained in a federal immigration facility in New Mexico, but she’s waiting to welcome them into her home.
These women arrived in the United States in April after traveling thousands of miles with a migrant caravan from Central America to seek refuge from discrimination and persecution in their native countries. They made their way toward the U.S. without someone to sponsor them — until Aheron, a 27-year-old activist who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, volunteered to be their host.
Look if there was ever a David and Goliath moment, this is it.
Aheron stepped up for the role when she learned that the national organizing group called Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), of which she is a member, sought sponsors for members of the caravan. Heather Cronk, SURJ’s co-director, thought the organization might get 10 or 15 volunteers when it put the call out in April. She was stunned when 150 people around the country signed up.
In the wake of outrage over the Trump administration’s policy to separate migrant parents from their children, SURJ sent another request for sponsor volunteers to its network earlier this week. More than 100 people offered up their homes to migrant refugees in federal detention centers in just a few days.
Read the full article about taking in refugees by Rebecca Ruiz at Mashable.
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