On Friday, July 20th, we were asked by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) to provide emergency services to 300 immigrant families in Albuquerque, NM who were separated under the short-lived family separation policy. Overnight we organized the team in our Albuquerque office and sent additional help from our Denver office so we could begin receiving families today. We expect to receive 50 adults and children per day through July27th. They need your help.
We were called upon on short notice because of our reputation in resettling refugees, expertise working with children and families who have experienced trauma, and because of YOU – our donors and volunteers who have supported the LFS mission of walking with the vulnerable.
They are in our care for only a brief time (24-36 hours), and our staff are meeting immediate needs that include temporary housing, food, clothing, legal/health referrals, and transportation to their final destination with family and friends in the U.S.
They have other simple needs. Can I call home and speak with my wife, who has no idea what has happened to me? Will you pray with me?
And they have many needs that aren’t as simple. Who can I trust? What will happen next?
The best thing you can do to help is to donate online, so that we can meet the individual needs of each family we are working with.
Our Albuquerque team knows that many of the children may be deeply traumatized from this experience, and are taking extra measures to protect their privacy.
Our mission states, “Inspired by the compassionate love of Christ, LFS walks with the vulnerable, through services that heal, strengthen, and provide hope.” Your support will help families that are being reunified right now.