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Catholic Charities

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

There's a new grocery store on the West Side, but after its customers have walked the aisles and selected their groceries, they don't have to pay. 


A mobile unit with showers, toilets, sinks and one laundry room with a full washer and dryer.
Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

Asylum-seeking migrants often make it to San Antonio without having the opportunity to bathe for weeks beforehand. Similarly, there are residents of San Antonio who don't have access to clean water. 


A multi-lingual volunteer gives blankets to migrant families at Travis Park Church.
Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

For families allowed to claim asylum at the Texas border, the first destination is almost always San Antonio, at least for a day. Over the last few months the flow became too much for Catholic Charities, so the city and a downtown church stepped in to help. 


Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Migrant dads waiting at a bus station in the Rio Grande Valley likely weren't thinking about how to celebrate Father’s Day this past weekend.  Still, local volunteers tried to make their ongoing journeys more comfortable for them and their families.


Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of Central African migrants, trying to escape poverty and violence, crossed the U.S. southern border the first week of June. They're in San Antonio now trying to figure out what's next.


Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Charities helping asylum seekers who were dropped off in San Antonio will get a financial boost from the City of San Antonio. The City Council unanimously approved emergency funding for Catholic Charities, Travis Park Church and the San Antonio Food Bank.

Reynaldo Leanos Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Two NFL players made a stop in the Rio Grande Valley this week to learn first-hand what is going on at the border and to provide some help to migrant families in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

At this Catholic Charities complex refugees from around the world get counseling, household necessities and help settling in to their new homes.

“Some of those individuals are from different countries, anywhere from Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma, Nepal, the Congo, Eritrea, Iran and Cuba," said Patti Vela, the Director of Mission Advancement for Catholic Charities.

She says last year Catholic Charities resettled 1,300 refugees in the San Antonio area. “Normally it’s because they just can’t stay in the country any longer due to credible fear.”