Migrant children crossing the Texas border are being united with family members in the Dallas area. In addition, Dallas County will likely provide temporary shelter for about 2,000 children beginning in August.
Texas Baptists (BGCT) are accepting donations to help provide for the needs of these children to be housed in Dallas County. We hope that churches will be able to provide limited volunteer assistance at the appropriate time. However, the Dallas shelters have not been identified yet. In the meantime, attorneys and Spanish interpreters are two of the current needs in Dallas.
Sign up to serve through Texas Baptist Disaster Relief (when you register, you have the opportunity to select your area of interest) You'll also receive updates of new volunteer opportunities along the border and throughout the state.
Great needs exist on the south Texas border.
What Churches Can Do Now:
Attorneys are needed to represent children in their legal proceedings. Human Rights Initiative and Catholic Charities are providing training. See information regarding legal training hosted by Children at Risk in Dallas on Tuesday, July 29.
Spanish interpreters needed to assist attorneys with legal representation. Contact email@example.com, Catholic Charities of Dallas.
Foster families. Children are expected to be placed with American foster families through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. For more information, see Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services. Also, Catholic Charities in Fort Worth has a foster parent program in place for unaccompanied migrant children.
Collect shoes or host a shoe drive in your church. NEW, closed-toe athletic shoes in youth sizes 1-7 are needed. www.buckner.org/shoes. Shoes may be dropped off at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid, 5404 Shoe Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m., M-F.
Several opportunities available on the border through Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery
Donate Spanish language Bibles: Paperback New Testaments are needed in the Weslaco area, where a new shelter is opening for unaccompanied minors. Contact Rober Cepeda, Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association, 956-371-8516. At Lackland Airforce Base, Spanish language, NIV version, paperback, complete Bibles are needed. Make a donation to the For the Children fund to provide funds for these Bibles.
Donate to Texas Baptists' For the Children fund (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the green "give" triangle).
Donate to Buckner International's Disaster Relief Fund.
Catholic Charities is accepting donations to help with the migrant children they currently serve. Contact Catholic Charities for more details.
Specific needs in McAllen, Texas
Specific needs in Laredo, Texas
Want to know more?
Read a fact sheet from Human Rights Initiative about unaccompanied migrant children in Texas.
See details of the Texas Baptist response.
Read/listen to Dr. Russell Moore's interview on NPR. Dr. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Read Buckner International's Response
Read the Texas Baptists' Christian Life Commission Resolution on Immigrant Children Crisis
For a public policy perspective, see the Center for Public Policy Priorities' report.