The topic of immigration has ramifications at our city, state, national, and global level. In response to this, members of St. David’s have already found ways to serve as Christ has called us. St. David’s provides opportunities and resources to help you get involved. Contact Director of Community Outreach Cameron Spoor if you have any questions.
St. David’s Immigration-related Projects
- Go and Do Likewise: St. David’s is fostering a family staying in Austin as they seek asylum. This family was vetted by the robust processes of Casa Marianella and is here legally.
- Border Team: We are forming a deployment team to carefully plan, implement, and evaluate a series of intentional trips to the border. This endeavor is being organized by Halley Ortiz and Anthony Chapple. Keep an eye out for small group border service opportunities coming soon.
- Amos Guild: In partnership with the Episcopal Public Policy Network and Austin Interfaith, Amos Guild organizes parishioners to lobby our elected officials in formulating humanitarian immigration laws and policies. The Amos Guild meets regularly to discuss social justice issues facing our community and to plan advocacy actions. To attend an upcoming discussion, email Dorothy Doolittle. View the Amos Guild page for more details.
- Delivery of Goods and Supplies: Multiple parishioners have helped solicit, package, transport, and disburse goods to trusted charities at the border (including Good Neighbor Settlement Home, listed below).
Trusted Avenues for Immigration Support
Below are methods which members of St. David’s have identified as valuable, impactful avenues for contributing time and money.
- Team Brownsville: A multi-faith organization with two related missions. The primary mission is to feed breakfast and dinner to the growing numbers of asylum seekers living on a US-Mexico international bridge as they wait for either their court date or their turn to officially apply for asylum. The secondary mission is to provide food and other assistance at the Brownsville Bus Station to asylum seekers released from detention who are facing several days’ bus travel to their family or sponsors in other parts of the country. Visit their official Facebook page and their donation page.
- Good Neighbor Settlement Home: A Methodist mission to the homeless that recently opened its doors to asylum seekers and immigrants who are often released from detention with no provisions. This respite center provides showers, food, clothing, and basic necessities for those waiting to be able to travel to sponsors or families.