Girasol's Social Work Detention Response Team has enabled social work students and professionals to provide support to immigrant families in detention for over two years. Last December we expanded our support to trips to the U.S.-Mexico border. These trips provide valuable opportunities for social work students to learn more about immigration at the front lines and strengthen their bilingual skills.
Through our first border trip, we:
Provided trauma training for over 50 PROBar legal staff members,
Worked with the Angry Tias y Abuelas RGV to orient over 30 migrant families released to the McAllen bus station, and
Volunteered at the Catholic Charities shelter that receives 300-400 asylum seekers per day.
To read more about the December trip, take a look at our blog! Volunteers summed up their experiences in one sentence:
"Chaos blanketed with kindness"
"Overwhelming need met with overwhelmingly generous support"
"Witnessing incredible resilience"
"No matter how big or how small anything helps!"
This last sentiment is shared by our team - We are raising $3,500 to fund our summer 2019 border trip and we appreciate any contribution to help us in our efforts.
Featured above: Social work student and professional volunteers providing trainings to ProBar staff.
Your donation will go toward the cost of meals for volunteers. Help make sure we sustain our amazing social work students during their three days of hard work. We will thank you with a personalized email!
Your donation will be vital for providing gasoline and other travel expenses for our volunteers. Thank you for helping us make the long drive! To thank you for your donation, we will post a shout-out with your name on our social media pages.
Your donation will pay for gas and food for one person for an entire day! To thank you, we will include your name on a social media shout-out and send you a personal email.
Your donation will provide lodging for volunteers so that they have a place to rest after each long day's hard work. To thank you for your contribution, we will include your name on a social media shout-out and mail you a postcard.
Sponsor a student! Your donation will pay for the expenses of one entire student's trip. To thank you for your contribution, we will include your name on a social media shout out and you will receive a thank you letter from the student whose trip you sponsored.
Your donation will go a long way toward funding our border trip! We will be able to provide transportation, food, and lodging for our volunteers to help immigrant families at the border. To thank you for your contribution, we will include your name on a social media shout out and send you a picture from the trip with a personal letter signed by the volunteers!