Refugees who pass their credible fear interview get released at the bus stations by ICE in the border towns. Local charities and organizers like Angry Tias and Abuelas or Catholic Charities help them with basic necessities like a warm shower, cloth and hot food.  They also help them with purchasing their bus ticket to their final destination where they will meet a family member, a friend or a sponsor.  They are given four small sandwiches, some snacks, a few bottles of water, an envelope with for their documents in a bag. These refugees have to travel sometimes for days before reaching their destination. So what they are given will not sustain them.  In addition, they often have to make several transfers from one bus to another in various cities in the middle of their journey. Navigating bus stations without knowing the language can be daunting.

Refugees need a friendly face along the way and someone who can provide them assurance/guidance.  

They are having a hard time navigating bus terminals and figuring out the next bus that they need to board.  As a result, they may miss their bus midway through their trip.

Refugees only get a limited foor or other essential items with them at the border town, so many of them run out before getting to their final destination.  

We have heard stories of mothers with infants traveling from West Texas who have no diapers, and others who are feeding their babies Gatorade because they have no formula.  We also have heard that the prepaid tickets often have the wrong destination city or number of travelers. When this error is caught in-route, Greyhound cannot, or will not, issue a credit for a corrected ticket.

OUR PLAN

  1. Grannies will provide a smiling and a caring face.

  2. Grannies will assist refugees in finding their next bus.

  3. When possible, grannies will provide basic care kits of food, toiletries, diapers, and even toys for the kids.

  4. Grannies will be “on-call” in their areas for emergencies.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • FORM A GRANNIES RESPOND CHAPTER

  • JOIN A GROUP WHERE WE ARE ALREADY ESTABLISHED

  • VOLUNTEER AT THE BORDER

  • DONATE HERE


Form a Grannies Respond Chapter

We need organized volunteers to start Grannies Respond / Abuelas Responden chapters to open bus work in the following cities immediately:

Montgomery, AL

Philadelphia, PA

Boston, MA

Kansas City, MO

Miami, FL

San Francisco, FL

Trenton, NJ

Newark, NJ

San Francisco, FL

We will train you as a Lead and will help get volunteers for your team. We seek individuals to lead teams and/or we invite your established volunteer group to partner with us.


JOIN A GROUP WHERE WE ARE ALREADY ESTABLISHED

Grannies Respond / Abuelas Responden is established in the following cities or is affiliated with other established groups doing the same work. If you wish to volunteer in these cities to greet refugees passing through these cities, assist in making kits, fundraising, or other functions, please contact us here.

Dallas, TX

Houston, TX

Louisville, KY

Memphis, TN*

New Orleans, LA

Sacramento, CA

Atlanta, GA

Columbus, OH

Mobile, AL*

*We urgently need volunteers to assist asylum-seekers traveling through the Mobile, AL and Memphis, TN bus stations.
Please
contact us if you can help!


VOLUNTEER AT THE BORDER

We will coordinate a volunteer opportunity in McAllen, TX and Brownsville, TX. We require a one-week minimum commitment. Some Spanish is required for work at the bus station, but other volunteer opportunities do not require you to speak Spanish. You will be well-received by established volunteers at the border and we promise you a very rewarding experience. If interested, contact us here.


DONATE

If you are not able to physically assist in this work, kindly consider donating:

DONATE HERE