An unprecedented number of migrants seeking asylum are arriving at the El Paso border and being sheltered and cared for at Annunciation House, "the Ellis Island of the Southwest." In 2019 to date, staff have already seen nearly 5,000 in one month, the largest in organization's 40 year history. Volunteers who have committed to trips organized by our solidarity committee come from as many as 6 church communities: St. Ignatius, St. Agnes, Most Holy Redeemer, St. John of God, St. James Episcopal, and Emmaus Church Community, an intentional group from Sonoma.
The St. Ignatius & St. Agnes parish communities are responding to this need by organizing volunteer groups to travel to El Paso and provide assistance at Annunciation House. Volunteers are needed to help with all hospitality tasks: meals, laundry, cleaning, organizing clothes. Volunteers who speak Spanish help with intake, connecting migrants with their sponsors, and making their travel arrangements.
The major cost involved is airfare to El Paso, TX. Housing can be provided by Annunciation House. Time commitment is a minimum of one week.
Thank you to the many parishioners from St. Ignatius and St. Agnes who have signed up to join one of our delegations. The following trip dates are still open:
And, you can also read an article about Annunciation House and its partnership with the Bishop of El Paso, TX in the El Paso Times.
Learn more about immigration issues and ways to stand in solidarity with migrants:
If you are interested in going to the border to volunteer at Annunciation House, please contact:
Annette Lomont, Annette.Lomont@gmail.com
Annunciation House, El Paso, TX
August through November 2019