ST. GILES LENTEN ALMSGIVING
This Lent, a portion of our Sunday collections will go to the following two organizations:
Annunciation House is a volunteer organization that offers hospitality to migrants, immigrants, and refugees in the border region of El Paso, Texas.
Since its founding in 1978, it has provided shelter, clothing, food and other basic necessities for hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly from Mexico and Central America. It also participates in advocacy and education around immigration issues and seeks to be a voice for justice and compassion, especially on behalf of the most marginalized of our society. Rooted in Catholic social justice teaching, the volunteers of Annunciation House live simply and in community, in the same houses as the guests they serve.
CATHOLIC EXTENSION AND LA POSADA PROVIDENCIA
Sister Zita Telkamp is director of La Posada Providencia in San Benito, Texas. The center provides emergency shelter for men, women and children fleeing from political oppression, violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the United States. It opened in 1989 and now has five full-time employees and 20 volunteers who serve 400 immigrants annually.
They offer housing, food, English classes and transportation. “We teach life skills,” said Sister Telkamp of the Congregation of Divine Providence. “We don’t preach the Gospel, but we live it by what we do.” The shelter operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and has served immigrants from nearly 80 countries. Catholic Extension works in solidarity with La Posada Providencia and many other organizations to provide assistance to the most needy.