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Tucson Volunteer Corps
Imagine...you are home and you are starving. You work 10 hours a day, only to pay for bread and potatoes- on a good day. Your home is a place of poverty and violence. If starvation doesn't kill someone, violence does. Everyday you wake up grateful just to be alive, as death comes so easy to so many. You want to make a difference, however, you know those that make a stand are persecuted and/or subject to death.
The only escape, the only hope is fleeing the place you call home. You spend every penny to your name and embark on a relentless journey, overseas, through harsh deserts, to arrive at the great United States of America. If you are part of the lucky few to gain entry- after detention, inspection and background checks- you are dropped off in a random American city. You don't speak English, you don't know where you are, you don't know where to go or who to ask. You have made it, but you are lost. You have hope again, but you don't know where to begin, or even how.
Why We Do It
That is where we come in! Through Casa Alitas, we ensure that refugee families from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are not abandoned in the streets.
We receive the refugee families at the Casa Alitas Shelter and provide temporary relief for these refugees from all around the world. We coordinate with their American sponsors to arrange for their transportation, while we provide them with water, food, clothing, beds to sleep on and much more.
It is our goal to ensure these refugees receive the love of God from us while they recover from their treacherous journeys and await their travel dates.
They are here to make a better life for themselves and their families. They are here to work and contribute to a country that doesn't take so much from them. We ensure they get where they need to be, in the healthiest and safest way possible.
We make certain their traumas and worries are things of the past upon the first step they take into our shelter. We welcome the refugee families to freedom in a fun, safe and clean environment.
We are the army of volunteers devoted to serving these weary travelers.
Who Can Serve
We are serving refugee families from around the world, it is only fitting that we have volunteers of all ages from around the world. It takes an army to serve an army.
We have a job for EVERYONE! There is so many people to serve and so much to do. We have people of all ages serving in the shelter. It is a safe place for refugees and volunteers alike. We have ongoing special projects, continuous maintenance, donation organization, pop-up shelter preparation, food preparation, travel bag preparation, hospitality bag preparation, cleaning, building, painting, Emergency ESL Teaching, Health Screening, etc. YES, YOU can serve! Yes, you ARE needed!
What to Expect
All volunteers will be staying in a quality hotel. We will provide transportation from the airport as volunteers arrive on Sunday, June 26th and to the airport on July 8th- and every day in between. Delicious food will be provided by corporate donors, Tucson Church of Christ Family Groups, Casa Alitas Shelter, and entertainment venues. We will provide three meals/day as well as water and refreshments. We will work at the shelter every weekday and refuel with more fun and food in a different environment on the weekend.
We will have loads of fun while we develop bonds among each other as volunteers and refugees. Through our entertainment plans, volunteers will be immersed in Tucson's cultural tradition. Volunteers will experience fulfillment- stomach and soul alike- through the many exciting entertainment and service events planned during this volunteer corps. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
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