Casa del Migrante

Care Mission will be offering services to Casa del Migrante en Tijuana, A.C. on Mondays from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM.  Services offered will be dental, medical and acupuncture.  The following is from the June 2014 issue of Pueblo en Camino.

Dear Friends of the Casa,

On April 27th we had the celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Casa del Migrante. it was a very beautiful feast and now I just want to take this opportunity to say thanks to all our benefactors, Casa staff, our volunteers and of course our hardworking Patronato (Board of Directors).  It goes without saying that without all of you it would not be possible to celebrate that in last 27 years we have served over 227,000 migrants here at the Casa.

We have begun our 28th year of service with a great sense of pride and as we do so I would say they key phrase for 2014 IS “What’s new at the Casa”.  There is no doubt that the profile of the migrant at the Casa has been changing over the past few years and so we cannot afford to be left behind in offering new and creative responses to this ever evolving reality. It is with this in mind that I would like to share with you exactly — what’s new at the casa in this new year of mission:Dental mobil 1

1. The Departure of Alejandra Michelle Gomez Casillas: After 7 years of dedicated service as the Social Worker at the Casa our beloved Michelle has made the decision to be a stay at home mom with her soon to be born son who is due to arrive in august. Thanks Michelle for a job well done and we will surely miss you here at the Casa. In the meantime we have begun the search for a new Social Worker.

2.  The Arrival of Bibiana Sarahi Gonez Higuera – We are happy to announce that as of June 2nd we will be welcoming Bibiana to the staff as a full time psychologist here at the Casa. Thanks to a very generous grant we have received adequate funding for this project for the next 3 years. Welcome to our family Bibiana.

3. Good News -There are less Deportations – Yes this is great news, but on the other hand, we are receiving more and more migrants who have been victims of different traumas like violence, kidnapping and extortion. In the coming months we will strive to offer a better response to their needs here at the Casa.

4. We Have Lots of Volunteers – From the month of June up until November we are being blessed with an influx of several volunteers coming from all over the world to serve the migrants here at the Casa.

We will be blessed to have 11 live in volunteers, six of which are seminarians and 6 local external volunteers who offer a day or two of service each week. Thanks to this army of volunteers we will be able to offer even more services to our brother migrants.

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5. Care Mission-A New Partner at the Casa- We are delighted to announce that as of early we have entered into a new collaboration with an organization called Care Mission. They support the Casa by offering the following services every Monday from 8:00am-2:30pm Dental, Medical and Acupuncture. They have been a blessing to us here at the Casa.

6. The Red Cross Has Arrived -Another great piece of news is that as of April 2014 we can count on the presence of the Red Cross who arrive with their mobile medical clinic every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5pm – 8pm to offer free medical services to the migrants as well as to any of our neighbors in the area.

7. New System for Interviews and Data Base – After a year of working in collaboration with a local university (Colegio del Frontera del Norte) we are almost ready to launch our new program for doing interviews with the migrants. The good news about this project is that it will provide us with more accurate information about who we serve and once we have better information we are convinced we will be able to offer even better services.

8. Pilot Program – Miqrant House of Transition – We have come to the conclusion that we need to offer our deported brothers more support in their time of life transition. Therefore starting in the month of June we will commence a pilot program with ten migrants offering them an extended transition time of up to three months residence here at the Casa. During this transition time they will be working and saving up their money to rent their own place. In addition during these three months we will offer them: Orientation, Counseling, and Formation as a way of helping them re-integrate into Mexico. Our goal is very simple – we are trying to save some lives from being ruined by the process of deportation. We believe that with a little extra support our brother migrants can make a smooth transition into a new life.

In conclusion, what we can clearly say is the world of migration is always on the move and forever evolving and so our pastoral response must always be ready to adapt to the new realities that confront our mission. In the future, there will be more changes happening at the Casa and it will be my pleasure to report on them in the next issue of Pueblo en Camino. In the meantime, please prayer for the success of all these new projects that we are implementing to support our migrant brothers. May God bless all of you and your families.

Pat Murphy, CS (Director)

Casa del Migrante en Tijuana, A.C.

Calle Galileo 239 Col. Postal
Tijuana, B.C. 22350
Tel. +52 (664) 382-7685, +52 (664) 682-5180