Felician Sisters Help New Immigrants
The Provincial Council approved donation to the Project Oaktree Project which is assisting new immigrants in the Diocese of Las Cruces.
Yahweh appeared to him at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them, and bowed to the ground. ‘My lord,’ he said, ‘if I find favor with you, please do not pass your servant by. Let me have a little water brought, and you can wash your feet and have a rest under the tree. Let me fetch a little bread and you can refresh yourselves before going further, now that you have come in your servant’s direction.’ They replied, ‘Do as you say.’
The purpose of Project Oak Tree is to provide transitional shelter services to refugees seeking asylum who have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to travel to their sponsoring family/friends living in the United States. Just as in the Genesis story the Catholic Faith Community continues to provide those on a journey with an opportunity to bathe, to eat and to rest before continues their journey. The project also provides the families with gently used clothes as well as assistance in contacting their sponsors and arranging their travel.
The Project itself is facilitated by a local parish community in partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces who provides the technical support and financial assistance in arranging safe travel for the families. The diocese will provide the training and technical support to a parish team to arrange the travel for the families. The diocese will also provide the financial services to enable a parish to book the travel immediately, provide meal money for the families and cell phones. The parish is responsible for recruiting all volunteers for the project. All volunteers must complete the Virtus Training and submit a background check prior to working in the project.
The parish would provide the following items and volunteers
Setup Takedown Cleanup Crew 8-10
Kitchen Crew 8-10
Clothing Crew 8-10
Travel Crew 12-20
Transportation Crew 9-12
Shower Crew 10
Laundry Crew 8-10
Overnight Crew 2-8
Hospitality Crew 2-10