Staff Visits University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Brownsville

Staff Visits University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Brownsville

On Jan. 25, La Posada’s Interim Executive Director Magda Bolland, and staff member Shalom, joined Monica Reyes’ English class at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Brownsville. Monica Reyes is a volunteer ESL instructor for La Posada Providencia and a PhD Candidate at Old Dominion University. During their visit, Ms. Bolland and Shalom gave a short presentation to the university students about La Posada and afterwards engaged in a Q&A session with them. The students were particularly interested in learning more about our former client, Shalom of Zimbabwe; her journey, how she arrived at La Posada, how she became part of our staff, and how La Posada continues to support her. We are excited to start this new adventure together with Ms. Reyes and her students who will be volunteering at La Posada and creating various informative documents promoting and detailing
our work.

Bishops of The United Methodist Church
Visit La Posada

On Jan. 22, La Posada Providencia enjoyed a wonderful visit from the Council of Bishops (COB) Immigration Task Force of The United Methodist Church.  As part of their mission, the Bishops seek to assist organizations like La Posada because they believe that providing shelter to asylum seekers and caring for immigrant women and children, all of whom are most vulnerable, are among the most pressing needs we have as a society and for which we must respond.

Bishop Minerva Carcaño is the chair of the COB Immigration Task Force. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she was born in Edinburg and did her undergraduate work at the University of Texas-Pan American. We are grateful for the efforts of The United Methodist Church and its bishops that remind us all of our Provident God’s love for all people.

Bishop Minerva (from left) and La Posada volunteer Randie Clawson, of Traverse City, Michigan,
who has been volunteering at La Posada for the past three winters,
and who is also a member of The United Methodist Church.

Pictured is Reverend Jeania Ree Moore holding baby Emmanuel, one of La Posada’s youngest residents. Reverend Moore is a member of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, and a commissioned deacon in the California-Pacific Conference.