how the city is doing in this regards, and to see how the people from community can help,
Also in Laredo, right by the Rio Grande, we met staff from Environmental Science Center. They shared with us about the different programs they offer to the community from the center. Through these programs they inform people about the wild life of the area, the impact human activities have on it, and the importance of protecting it. They also have a community garden that they use to teach people about how to grow and maintain a garden.
This trip was
|Collecting donations for newly arrived migrants|
also a time to connect with visit my fellow Oblates in Eagle Pass who are about 120 miles from Laredo. Three Oblates, Fr. Jim Fee OMI, Fr. Paul Dass OMI and Brother Sergio Gonzalez OMI are serving the people of Our Lady Refuge and its two Chapels, Our Lady of Guadalupe and in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Because of the proximity to the border, the Oblates are constantly responding to challenges of newly arrived migrants who come to the parish looking for help. Through the parish, they are providing spiritual support, food, shelter, and refer migrants where they can obtain legal assistance. Recently, Oblates came together with parish volunteers to help poor families that were affected by a flood. They provided pastoral care, food and financial assistance.