Sisters of St. Joseph Respond to Needs at the Border

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Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas hosts guests with short-to mid-term needs. These range from people who have come to the US seeking work, to those who have fled violence and extortion in their home countries, to undocumented families living in El Paso, who have come upon financial hardship. It exists to accompany the migrant, homeless, and vulnerable people of the border region through hospitality, advocacy and education. Recently there has been an increase in the number of Central American families arriving at the El Paso border. ICE is sending released families to the Annunciation hospitality centers. This has totaled as many as 300 families on some days.  In order to adequately respond to their needs, Annunciation House needs volunteers and the support of faith communities. Sisters from across the country have responded including the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister Karen Burke, CSJ organized a group and sent out a call for donations. There was an overwhelmingly generous response!  She will be volunteering at Annunciation House for the next two weeks. Her nephew, Andrew Samide, and her niece, Kaleigh Burke, are also volunteers.  Another group of Sisters and other volunteers  is being organized by Sister Joan Gallagher, CSJ to go to El Paso in April.