Back at the US- Mexico border in Tijuana, Jaime and his mother Yolanda have made tremendous strides in professionalizing their services at their shelter El Jardin de las Mariposas and making the space as clean and safe as possible. The shelter, once a rehabilitation facility helping people with substance addiction, opened their doors to LGBITQ+ asylum seekers waiting to cross the border and claim asylum in the US.
El Jardin has become a resting point for those who had to flee. A space where they can take a breath and have the facilities to properly rest and prepare for their asylum process.
As the shelter must comply with the civil protection unit regulations in Tijuana, Jaime came up with the idea to purchase fifteen smoke detectors, two mop buckets and twenty signs for the guests. The shelter is proud to be self-managed and a collaborative house, where each resident does their part to keep it clean, tidy and safe. It’s a real community!
Jaime told us “We work to be a professional space where residents are getting very good service and care.”