The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has joined local faith and community partners in Houston to provide short-term respite for migrant families who have been cleared at the border and need shelter, food, hygiene facilities and other assistance.
The Family Transfer Center is owned by the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) and is the fruit of a collaboration with NACC, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Catholic Charities, YMCA International Services, Texas Adventist Community Services, Houston Responds and the Houston Food Bank. These organizations will fund and staff the facility.
“This center is an example of the tremendous good that can result when the community comes together as one to offer resources to ease the burden of others,” said Elder Carlos Villarreal, an Area Seventy in Texas. “We want these migrant families to feel safe, welcome and comfortable as they continue their journey.”
The facility, located at 16605 Air Center Blvd in Houston, will serve those who have been cleared at the United States/Mexico border. Individuals will arrive at the center by bus and receive the help they need.
The facility will be staffed by volunteers and will operate for at least six months. It has the ability to assist up to 500 individuals a day. In most cases, migrants will stay at the building for 24 hours while they make travel arrangements to reunite with family and sponsors.
Local volunteers in the area can sign up for shifts on the Volunteer Houston website. All volunteers will undergo background checks.