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Published on Thursday, May 16, 2019

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales calls for community action to meet the challenge of increased asylum seekers coming to San Antonio

CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429


SAN ANTONIO (May 16, 2019) –The critical point in our response to the increased number of asylum seekers coming to our city is the place where compassion meets action. We should make sure that our city is ready to meet the wave of women, children and men that we know is coming.


I have confidence in our city’s capacity for turning compassion into practical action because challenges like this bring out the best in our community - as it has time and time again.


Our city’s character compels us to face this in a way that sets an example for the state and for the nation, to make sure we put resources in place with a city-wide effort.


The challenge has a very specific goal: the City will match community donations for this effort at one dollar for every two dollars donated, up to $55 thousand. This means we need to raise an initial $110 thousand.


Monetary donations to meet the City’s matching challenge can be made to Catholic Charities. There’s also a need for other items, specifically adult and children’s underwear, hygiene products and pedialyte which can be made to the San Antonio Food Bank.

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