Volunteering at the Shelter


With global migration on the rise, the US-Mexico Border sees
hundreds of thousands of migrants each year. After newly arrived migrants are
processed and admitted by US immigration authorities, their basic needs go
unmet, and many are vulnerable to violence and trafficking, unless non-profit shelters
provide them with a safe haven. Since 2021, approximately 90,000 migrants have
stayed at La Frontera – the Humanitarian Respite Shelter operated by Catholic
Charities of the Diocese of La-redo. At La Frontera, migrant guests stay for an
average 1-3 days prior to their journey to their final destinations in the
United States. Services provided include food, shelter, showers, new clothes,
support connecting to family/loved ones, transportation support, safety
training, access to internet and other resources, and spiritual support.


Volunteers from around the country come to Laredo, Texas to
volunteer at La Frontera. Volunteers are welcome any time of year and for any
length of time. Between 9 AM and 4 PM, volunteers assist with preparing and
serving meals, light housekeeping, packing travel bags, sorting and
distributing clothing, and art and recreation activities with the migrant
children. Spanish speaking volunteers are able to assist with registration and
helping migrant guests contact their loved ones and make travel plans to their
final destination.


Volunteers are asked to submit this volunteer application to
LaFronteraCCDOL@gmail.com with the dates they are interested in volunteering.
Before volunteering, a background check must be completed, and volunteers must
complete the “Safe Environment” training. La Posada provides a discounted rate
to all La Frontera volunteers. Volunteers are responsible for arranging travel and
accommodations. Thank you for considering volunteering at La Frontera.