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Normal Heights church starts "Safe Harbors" network for refugees, assylum seekers

Posted: 11:28 PM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 06:30:51Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Thousands of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers are finding a place to stay through the Safe Harbors Network, an organization which got its start at the Christ United Methodist Church in Normal Heights. 

Pastor Bill Jenkins began giving shelter to Haitian refugees back in 2009. And for quite a while the church was the only immigrant welcoming shelter in southern California. 

Eventually, the Safe Harbors Network was created. It's a growing collection of churches, organizations, and individuals that house refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. 

Pastor Jenkins says he's seen an explosion of interest from people wanting to help in recent months after Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy went into effect. 

Safe Harbors works in cooperation with ICE to give shelter to people awaiting their day in court.