Seeing people, not politics – and doing the doable for families.
Families are struggling on the U.S. – Mexico border. You’ve heard the stories. People are fleeing gang and drug violence at home, and they want nothing more than to build a meaningful life for themselves and their children. Put simply, they want a chance at a future.
What’s happening at the border is complicated. But there’s one thing that’s black and white – real, sacred, human beings are being caught in the middle. What people need now, right this moment, are those who have an abundance of empathy, who can see the people through the politics and do what’s possible.
Enter Catholic Sisters.
Alight is non-sectarian. But we’re also all about getting behind the efforts of anyone doing amazing work. These Sisters are doing just that – and they need help.
For the past few months we’ve been getting to know these women, Catholic Sisters who are deeply rooted in the communities they serve on both sides of the border. They’re a safety net for people who’ve made this dangerous journey and now must wait to learn their fate with asylum claims. The Sisters make sure they have food in their bellies, shelter from the elements, and critical medications…and a little joy, whenever they can.
Sisters like Catalina, the director of Casa Migrante, run a shelter that houses and cares for asylum seekers and new deportees. “It’s not just about feeding and giving medicine. They want to be heard and understood.”
Catalina and the other sisters do it all on a shoestring – without many funds from the Church – but with support from everyday people who believe in them.
Now, we’re following their lead on the border, partnering with them to amplify the crucial work they’re already doing in places like Brownsville, Tucson, and Tijuana.
The work is all under the umbrella of the Color Movement, a new breakthrough initiative that is all about getting behind these incredible women and helping them do what they do best – fighting some of the toughest problems out there like extreme poverty, gang violence, human trafficking, family separation, and so much more.
The Sisters are dedicated, selfless, and fierce. They’re doing the hard work, each and every day, of lifting up communities on the border, in El Salvador, across Latin America, and around the world. And now, we’re privileged and grateful to do it alongside them.
And please reach out to Annie Nolte-Henning with questions at AnnieN@wearealight.org or +1 (612) 874 – 5467.