Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Together, we have determined that financial contributions and volunteers will be most helpful at this time. Find out how you can help!
Our Santa Fe community has shown a tremendous desire to support and stand in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers crossing the border into our State. Hosting in Santa Fe and in-kind donations are NOT REQUIRED at this time.
Here’s where things stand. After conducting a thorough analysis of the need of the asylum seekers and Santa Fe’s capabilities we determined that Santa Fe is not an ideal location for an intake shelter for a variety of reasons, including our geographical location and distance from transportation hubs, along with the opening of Expo New Mexico as an intake shelter. That being said, an intake shelter is not the only way to support asylum seekers. The City of Santa Fe has identified other ways to provide support to our partners who are working tirelessly in Albuquerque and Las Cruces, where many of the refugees and asylum seekers first arrive.
“We want to support how to best welcome Asylum Seekers to New Mexico, get them processed, fed, clothed and ready to get on a bus or airplane to go to their real destinations. All of our conversations have made it clear that our role isn’t to shelter asylum-seekers. That’s best done in Albuquerque or Las Cruces, where there are Greyhound bus terminals and larger airports. To have asylum-seekers travel all the way to Santa Fe to spend one or two nights, then bus them back to Albuquerque to spend another night before catching a bus or plane makes no sense. We have other ways to offer help. We will do all we can do to help the asylum-seekers as they make their way to their sponsors and families, almost all of whom are outside of New Mexico,” said Mayor Webber.
Together, we have determined that financial contributions and volunteers will be most helpful at this time. Our partners can quickly allocate the funds to meet immediate needs and purchase specific items. Volunteers can step in to support processes already in place.
How you can help
The City of Santa Fe has partnered with the Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF) to launch a Fund for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The funds raised will be transferred to operations in Las Cruces, El Paso and Albuquerque to support shelter, transportation, and staffing costs.
As Albuquerque prepares the Expo New Mexico site and an intake shelter, Santa Fe’s contributions will help establish a “children’s corner” play area, provide toys for the children to take with them as they transit through, and support shelter needs including bedding, towels, curtains, and personal items. The flexible fund will allow for additional and unexpected needs as they arise.
If you would like to contribute directly to non-profit partners:
collects and distributes funds on behalf of the five active partners in Albuquerque
Allows you to purchase specific items needed in Albuquerque. This list is updated regularly based on need.
Indivisible Knob-hill Coordinated volunteer registration for all Albuquerque partners
Hosting a training/information
Catholic Charities is hosting a training/information session every Friday in Albuquerque at 1:30 pm at Catholic Charities, 2010 Bridge Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. The session lasts 1.5 hours and RSVP is not required. The next sessions will be held on May 3, 10 and 17. You can sign up for the training at http://www.ccasfnm.org/companions.html (Click on “Training”).
Our community has been extremely generous already. But now some partners are overwhelmed with the amount of goods in their warehouses and are challenged with sorting and storing the items they have received.
For that reason, among others, we’ve determined that financial contributions and volunteers will be most helpful at this time.
Thank you, Santa Fe! This is who we are as a community: generous, strong, and committed.