How to Take Action

Many times it is difficult to know how to help immigrants and refugees, especially when the problems seem so big. In this blog you will find a call for action for simple steps you can take to make a real impact in someone’s life. As some of you are aware of the news sending immigrants from Texas to DC and wonder how you can do your part, the Washington National Cathedral Sanctuary Ministry has some ideas, like dropping off essential items at the Outrage, and volunteering.


Sanctuary Ministry Action Alert #57 

June 23, 2022 Prepared by the Washington National Cathedral Sanctuary Ministry 

What: Volunteers are needed to bring their good spirits and helping hands to a newly opened respite center for arriving asylum seekers in Rockville. It is open every day of the week, 24 hours a day. Staff is being hired to make it fully operational. 

Why: Yesterday was the opening day. Five buses arrived during a 24 hour period which demonstrates the need. Asylum seekers, put on buses to DC from Texas and Arizona, have been being transported to several respite centers around the city including St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Church of the Epiphany where a number of organizations and faith groups have helped to provide meals, a change of clothing, and assistance in purchasing tickets for their forward journeys. Montgomery County has generously provided for a large respite center to provide services too. The new center is administered by SAMU, and volunteers are desperately needed. Please consider volunteering and or seeking a staff position. The beloved community is present and in action and needs all of us

How to help: Contact Natalia at advancement@samufirstresponse.org noting the days and times that you might be available or send your cv noting your interest in a staff position. 

Links:  https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2022/05/16/texas-puts-migrants-on-buses-to-take-the-bord er-to-biden-but-dc-hasnt-noticed/

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” 

Our advocacy efforts follow the resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention and of our own Episcopal Diocese of Washington Diocesan Convention. We are members of the Episcopal Asylum and Immigrant Detention Ministry Network of the Episcopal Migration Ministries.


Sanctuary Ministry Action Alert #47 

May 10, 2022 Prepared by the Washington National Cathedral Sanctuary Ministry What: Help for Immigrants arriving from Texas: 

For the past two and a half weeks, buses have been arriving from Texas. There have been 19 buses so far carrying hundreds of people, including children and infants. The DMV community has met every bus in support of our new neighbors. It is a grassroots effort by several community organizations, as well as individuals. This undertaking needs our support. 

How: To Donate or Get Involved: 

  • Donate: Paypal (preferred) or venmo @SanctuaryDMV with “Texas Solidarity” in the memo 
    • Or donate online to the co-op feeding our new neighbors 
  • Purchase: Order supplies of the wishlist, it is updated daily: bit.ly/TXsolidaritysupplies 
  • In-kind donations: Drop off supplies at the The Outrage on 14th St NW during business hours with a note “for Texas solidarity”.
    • Adult clothing in all sizes for all genders: 
      • Basic clothing: underwear, socks, t-shirts, pants, skirts 
      • Warm clothing: sweaters, hoodies, sweatpants, coats 
      • Shoes 
    • For children: 
      • Kids and infant clothing and shoes of all types 
      • Diapers all sizes 
      • Toys!!! Kids need comfort objects. 
  • Volunteer: bit.ly/dcmigrantsupport22 
    • House people – biggest need 
    • Greet people as they arrive and help with intake 
    • Provide transportation 
    • Provide interpretation 
    • Sort donations 

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” 

Our advocacy efforts follow the resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention and of our own Episcopal Diocese of Washington Diocesan Convention. We are members of the Episcopal Asylum and Immigrant Detention Ministry Network of the Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Published by Bethany Woodson

Just a couple of aspiring activists out here in the world trying to learn something.

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