Ruben Garcia, executive director of Annunciation House, is the head organizer for the Cubans. He confirmed that our community is looking at two planes a day every day (300 people) until we hit 4,000 people. That’s approximately 13 more days beyond today.
The shelters are now starting to max out but the turnover comes quickly. Most are staying in El Paso about 2 days before they leave for another destination The shelters are in need of RELIABLE volunteers this weekend and beyond. The volunteers could be called on to do everything from making sandwiches to changing beds for the next group of people coming through.
The demand continues for personal hygiene products – toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, diapers, feminine products. El Pasoans doing their weekly grocery shopping are encouraged to pick up these items. They can be dropped off at the Houchen Center at 609 Tays or Annunication House at 1003 E. San Antonio .
The diocese is also getting calls from people who want to purchase bus tickets for the refugees. The Houchen Community Center is working with Tornado Bus Line to purchase discounted tickets for the refugees. Those who want to make bus ticket purchases can do so by making a check to the Diocese of El Paso. Please designate the check as being for Cuban refugee relief. The diocese is then turning that money over immediately to Houchen personnel who know the names of the refugees and can purchase the tickets on their behalf.
For more info on volunteering, product drop-off and bus tickets, we ask that you call Annunication House at 915-545-4509.