Read more about the people who make a difference.
1. Sergio Cordova’s Story [Team Brownsville]
“I met this young man seeking asylum at the Brownsville bus station. He is deaf and could not communicate with anyone at the bus station. I lent him my cell phone. He was able to communicate with his brother using sign language on a video call. At that moment I realized that he would not be able to make it through his journey without my help. I used my GoFundMe money to buy him a cell phone. This is how he would be able to communicate with his brother that was waiting for him up north. He made it safely. I cried 2 days later when he called to thank me, and telling me he had arrived and he was holding an American flag.
You can help me, continue to help them by donating here.”
“At that moment I realized that he would not be able to make it through his journey without my help. ”
2. Joe Uvalles Extends Help Even When Miles Away.
Joe Uvalles was in Austin lobbying against anti-LGBT legislation when he received the call to help Organizacion Latina de Trans en Texas find assistance in Brownsville for some trans women who were having difficulty taking their next steps to Houston. Even though he was miles away, he had a plan and contacted Valley Aids Council to request a sponsorship for bus tickets facilitated with on-the-ground organizers at the Brownsville Bus Station. Shortly thereafter, the tickets were purchased and the women were on their way, thanks to the collaborative efforts of a supportive network.
“Honestly, I am just grateful that there is a strong network of support in our community. As soon as the ask came in, I knew I could count on a lot of y’all to show up and pitch in to help! Y’all rock! Thank you all for doing such amazing work today! Truly a reflection of our values as a community! Now to breathe, rest and do it all over tomorrow! ✊🏽”
3. Cindy Candia Muses On the People She Meets [Angry Tias & Abuelas]
“So, It's been a while since I've volunteered at the McAllen Bus Station. I usually volunteer in Harlingen, since I live there. I am so happy and sad that I helped out this past week. We had 2 volunteers from Washington DC, Louis and Kathaleen. They were here to specifically volunteer with asylum seekers. We helped each other in showing the asylum seekers the map of where they're going and making sure that their documents are correct for court. Sometimes they do come with court dates for the next day in Harlingen, and they're going to Virginia, which means they will be on the bus for 2 days.
So I took Louis and Kathaleen to the Progreso bridge to give out umbrellas, (because it's starting a get really hot down here—they are out in the elements with no cover) and Know Your Rights information. I took them so they could experience the bridge work that we do. The work at the Progresso bridge does not compare to the work being done at the 2 bridges in Brownsville Texas by Elisa and Team Brownsville.
Susan and Lizzie have been doing this since last June, it takes a toll on you emotionally. I don't know how they can do it day in and day out. Roland too, he started with the the ladies and he even going in the evenings after the ladies go home— huge heart this man has! My soul is sad— just the 3 days I did. What really got me on my last day, Roland gave an asylum seeking mom money, given by Louis E. for food. She had 2 boys and was traveling for 2 days and had nothing for food.
This woman began to cry, so of course, I began to cry. I bent down and told her that the worst is over and she will be ok, she and her boys will be ok, [and] not to stop fighting for her right to be here. After a bit, she stopped crying and her bus was ready for them to board. Roland also let her call her family in Venezuela. We have a phone that they can call their loved ones back home. Our visit was short but beautiful.
I also got to experience 2 beautiful ladies fro a church group in Mcallen that bring goodie bag for the asylum seeking children. They are a wonderful group of ladies. Thank you so very much!
These asylum seekers are our brothers and sisters, it is up to us to help them as much as we possibly can. I thank god for giving me the strength to continue our work on the border here in Texas, I also thank my parents for teaching me that we must love and help those in need.
If you can come down to volunteer please message us, there are locations that are very inexpensive to stay, even free. Thank you all for the donations, prayers and positive vibes. Keep them coming.”