The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas is a few miles from the US/Mexico border.
It is the largest non-profit operation at the southern border and serves the humanitarian needs of families seeking asylum in the United States after they have been released from and processed by the Border Patrol.
Every day, hundreds of families find a welcoming smile, hot food, a shower, a change of clothes, and basic medical care here.
The center, run by Sister Norma Pimentel of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley has been featured on every major TV network, but gets zero funding assistance from any public entity or even the Catholic Church. The program runs entirely on individual donations and the energy of countless volunteers.
A $2500 gift pays for the operations of the respite center for one day.
A $1000 gift covers the average cost of a meal for the families.
A $500 gift covers a day's worth of the cost of the small snack bags distributed to each family as they leave the center for a long bus ride to meet their sponsor somewhere in the US.