HOW WE GOT STARTED..
In the summer of 2016, Holyrood/Iglesia Santa Cruz took in a mom facing final deportation from her 3 young kids. When the politicians and non-profits disappeared, a local grassroots group of mostly working moms, Action Potluck activists, pieced together the necessary support for the family in sanctuary. We have been building on what we have learned since then, offering help to families separated at the border and scattered around the U.S., or anyone needing asylum. Volunteers are working to build local support networks for over 40 families. We secure legal assistance, help navigate the incredibly confusing immigration system, accompany people to ICE check-ins, attorney appointments, hospital visits, find housing, schools, ESL classes, pediatric trauma specialists, clothes, food and whatever else is necessary to help them get on their feet. More families reach out for help weekly. We are trying to rebuild our own communities so that we all can feel safe.
Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has!