From the Desk of J. Antonio Fernandez


Dear Friends,

Have you ever felt so fearful, desperate, and hopeless that you would risk everything? People are taking risks every day in search of a safe, peaceful, hopeful home. With their families.

The political instability, poverty, and violence happening to our neighbors to the south is causing masses of people to flee their homeland to the United States in pursuit of safety, happiness, stability, freedom, and opportunity.

Wouldn’t you do the same?

Their plight and their journey here is unimaginable for many of us. They abandon the only home they know because they have no choice.

They are subject to labor and sexual exploitation and other horrific crimes on their way. Stripped of dignity, adults and children arrive exhausted and dehumanized, often with only the clothes on their backs, and traumatized by their journey.

As Catholic Charities, we are here to help. We are here to answer the call. We are here to serve our friends in need. It is what we do every single day.

Today, our President and CEO, J. Antonio Fernandez, testified on Capitol Hill advocating for social justice on behalf of the families being separated at the border, requesting resolution with human dignity and family preservation as the driving force. And, we won’t stop there.

We embrace the people in our community and those passing through with love and respect. We offer immediate humanitarian aid in the form of food, clothing, emergency shelter, and funds. We also offer legal assistance to immigrants providing a path to legal citizenship. And, we offer other services to promote self-sufficiency and preserve family values that include counseling, pregnant and parenting services, adult education, and so much more.

Help us help them.

You can help!



If you are an attorney who can provide Pro Bono legal assistance, register as a volunteer on our website.

If you want to volunteer to support the families, register as a volunteer on our website.

If you can provide humanitarian needs in the form of new packages of undergarments, new pajamas, new books/games/toys, non-perishable food, and bottled water, drop them off at Catholic Charities at 202 W. French Place.


If you can provide financial assistance to supplement costs associated with providing humanitarian needs and legal assistance, visit our website.


If you need legal assistance navigating the system and obtaining resources, please call Catholic Charities’ Caritas Legal Services at (210) 433-3256.


Listen to Antonio’s Closing Remarks

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