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San Diego church seeks more volunteers to staff asylum shelters

Posted at 12:03 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 10:39:49-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Just after President Donald Trump addressed the nation about border security, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Barrio Logan held an event to recruit volunteers to help at asylum shelters.

“The primary purpose was to let people know from a more personal perspective what’s taking place with the caravan,” said Father John Auther, pastor at Our Lady. The volunteers work with the San Diego Rapid Response Network to help the migrants who make it across the border.

Several people who had volunteered in the past got up to speak about their experiences.

“If I thought I was humble, it’s made me more humble. It’s rewarding,” said Martha Carriedo.

She has volunteered for months at the shelter which is housed in an undisclosed location in San Diego.

It serves as a temporary refuge for asylum seekers who have made it through the border legally but need help finding a way to meet with friends or family. Or if they don’t have any connections in the U.S., to find a sponsor or longer-term housing option while they wait for their asylum case to be heard.

Father John estimates they have helped 4,000 migrants since October.