Reception and Welcome
In 2018, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol processed more than 107,000 migrant families seeking asylum and protection. With ICE lacking the capacity for growing asylee numbers, families have been released to churches in Phoenix for temporary and transitional shelter until they are capable of traveling to their final destination. Currently, there are not enough churches to accommodate the increasing numbers of asylum-seekers, and these families are being released on the street and at bus stations, with no means to continue their journey.
Most Urgent Needs (Updated 6.7.19)
Volunteers urgently needed
Volunteers are urgently needed for the days of June 8-13, 2019, at a shelter site located in Glendale. Volunteers help with shelter assistance, driving/escorting, and booking travel arrangements. Some of the positions require Spanish and fingerprint clearance cards, but not all positions do. If you can help, sign up here! (En español)
new T-Shirts Needed
When asylum seekers arrive at shelter, they are often arrive with only the clothes on their backs, that they have been traveling in for weeks. They will be continuing their travel via bus or plane, and could desperately use fresh clothing to change into. Can you preserve their dignity with a fresh, new t-shirt?
Bring new t-shirts (Youth and Adult Sizes S-XL, in a variety of colors, short and long sleeve, adult M and L are in highest demand) to our office at 2502 E. University Drive, Suite 125, Phoenix, AZ 85034 anytime Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm.
Host Asylum-Seekers at your Congregation
While families await transportation, Phoenix churches work to offer reception and welcome following release from detention, and ensure the provision of all basic necessities for 1-3 days. LSS-SW offers faith and civic organizations the opportunity to create shelters in their facilities that would house and serve the basic needs of asylum seeking families for this period of time, or work in partnership with a hosting church to support their shelter and accommodation efforts. Interested in offering your support? Click Here! (En español)