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 The Rev. Santi Rodriguez if you have any questions.
St. David’s Immigration-related Projects
- Go and Do Likewise: This active ministry helps asylum-seekers settle in Austin by paying for rent, food, and private attorney fees. This ministry is actively seeking new donors (most participants donate at the $20/month level). 100% of the money raised directly helps families. Get the latest news by joining Go & Do Likewise on Facebook.
- Border Team: In 2019 a deployment team was formed to carefully plan, implement, and evaluate a series of intentional trips to the border by St. David’s parishioners with food prepared by our hospitality ministry along with personal care toiletries and children’s educational materials donated by the parish. This endeavor was organized by Halley Ortiz and Anthony Chapple.
Trusted Avenues for Immigration Support
Below are methods that 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.
- Go & Do Likewise – Volunteer ESL Teachers:We are seeking volunteers to help members of our asylum-seeking families improve their English. We are seeking mainly beginner-level teachers for online or in-person lessons. Weekly or monthly opportunities are available. If interested, please get in touch with Rebecca Hall at .