News & Media
Thursday October 12th Grannies Respond’s border trip volunteers have started to arrive in Brownsville, Tx. More arriving tomorrow! We have a full itinerary beginning with a trip to La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito It’s hot here!
Our border trip team of volunteers here in Brownsville consists of:, Susan Hinely, Elisa O’Callaghan, Jo Schlesinger, Rosy Vogan, Sue-Ann Divito, Vielka Wombold, Gail Bunker, Toni Lawrence and Catherine Cole… a pretty good crew!
Friday, Oct. 13th (an auspicious day!): This morning we drove to La Posada Providencia in San Bonito. There, we met Sister Nora Ruiz, E.D. Ben Addiel, and a groundskeeper, Jorge, who is so happy and believes he has the best job ever at and with the folks at la Posada. Several buildings, respite pavilion, men’s and women and children’s dorms, some fortunate new construction, and a large vegetable garden. Pure love for asylum seekers here.
Friday evening, after meeting up with Team Brownsville today to organize our work day tomorrow, all our volunteers gathered for dinner at Terra’s Urban Mexican Kitchen, suggested by Sue-Ann, for a truly delicious dinner while celebrating Vielka’s birthday! Tomorrow we work at Team Brownsville making a ton of sandwiches starting at 8am and we’re all looking forward to it!
Saturday October 14th: We met at 8am to volunteer with Team Brownsville at their welcome center. We prepared plates for breakfast and made almost 500 PB&J sandwiches for asylum-seekers.We served people food, found them clothing, held babies while they tried on shoes… or ate their food, gave out shoelaces, diapers, water, and other necessities. Some of our group crossed into Matamoros to give our Elisa’s Calm dolls. It was a pleasure to serve with Team Brownsville.
The New York Times, in print!
Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times
AP Photo/John Minchillo
News from Team TLC NYC
More than 50,000 asylum seekers have moved through NYC’s intake system. Team TLC NYC was there to greet the first bus and has been on the ground ever since!
Our recently opened our Little Shop of Kindness at 12 W. 40th Street is open for VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS on Mondays 2-6 pm & Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 3 pm.
We are also back greeting incoming buses at the Port Authority!
November 2023 Update: Team TLC NYC is currently not greating buses. Little Shop of Kindness has closed due to flooding
You can help by Donating and Volunteering
Amnesty Mid-Hudson Fundraiser: Live Music, Film, Panel, Silent Auction
Little Shop of Kindness
Our NYC group, Team TLC NYC (Ilze Thielmann and volunteers) have moved out of Port Authority and through the generosity of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 12 W. 40th St., NYC, have been gifted a wonderful space to open Team TLC NYC’s “Little Shop of Kindness.” Volunteers have worked very hard to make a mini-Bloomingdale’s… a charming store filled with donated goods where asylum seekers and those with children also, will be able to come and shop for free with a personal shopper to assist them! Civilized and dignified treatment of those with virtually nothing. Clothing, shoes, coats, toys, books, and more. And they will provide lunches. #kindless #teamtlcnyc
Volunteers like Joan DeWitt, a retired nurse, from Atlanta, Georgia can be a lifeline for asylum seekers helping them to connect with legal services or mental health support. Photo by Bita Honarvar for palabra
Jo Schlesinger in
Allan Willinger in
A tough new immigration measure could disqualify the vast majority of migrants from being able to seek asylum at the southern border.
COMMENT WINDOW IS OPEN UNTIL MARCH 27th
See the article below and see the actual rule below that. Very urgent!
“We are here to look at the border – the full border – because the border not only stops people from coming in, it also keeps us from seeing what this border is doing to people on the other side of the river.”
Biden is Still Separating Immigrant Kids from their Families.
Despite the political ramifications of the headline of this article, this well written expose needs to be read. Child separation from their families still exists. Efforts such as the Family Reunification Task Force created by Biden administration have not been enough.
Texas Observer: John Washington and Anna-Catherine Brigida
"What I found was the most extraordinary volunteer operation I have seen in many decades of work. A group called Grannies Respond stepped in to take this on, operating at the terminal under the name TLC-NYC. They had people signing up for shifts throughout the day, starting at 6 am. They negotiated a space at Port Authority and their volunteers would greet arriving asylum seekers with an enthusiastic welcome."
Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden Executive Director, Catherine Cole, networking in New York City for Team TLC-NYC during the influx of asylum seekers from Texas. October 2022