Commonweal Magazine: Seeking Refuge | Life and Death at the Border

La Posada Providencia

Commonweal Magazine: Seeking Refuge | Life and Death at the Border

By ANANDA ROSE I have only just arrived at La Posada Providencia, an emergency shelter for homeless migrants and asylum seekers in San Benito, Texas, when Sr. Zita Telkamp receives a call from a Homeland Security center in the neighboring town of Harlingen. “They’ve got another mother and child for us,” says Sr. Zita. A

La Posada Recipient of AIM Media Texas Charities

La Posada Providencia is thrilled to announced it has been named one of fifteen recipients who will benefit from the AIM Media Texas Charities campaign. AIM Media Texas, which owns the local publications Valley Morning Star, The Monitor and The Brownsville Herald, recently launched this fundraising effort to help the most needy population in the

Clients Share Thanksgiving Messages

On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the fourth Thursday in November would be a day of thanksgiving. “We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched us and strengthened us as a nation…” Lincoln said in his proclamation. “We have become too self-sufficient and too proud to

She fled political persecution in Ethiopia…

2014 Annual Appeal Your Support Gives Our Clients Hope Saraa’s journey began in her home country of Ethiopia, where she and her family faced political persecution. After saving thousands of dollars for the journey, Saraa and her husband spent months traveling from Ethiopia through 10 other countries before reaching the U.S., including Sudan, Brazil, Venezuela,

Champions For a New Beginning Honored

As we have featured these past few months, La Posada Providencia launched a campaign titled Champions for a New Beginning to raise awareness and funding for the immigrant and asylee population the shelter serves. A Champion is an individual who supports the mission and purpose of  La Posada by pledging to raise $1,000 to meet

The Monitor: UTB dialogue centers on immigration

By VICTORIA BRITO | STAFF WRITER Experts on immigration and border security gathered Wednesday at the University of Texas at Brownsville to discuss issues brought to the forefront over recent months. The Humanitarian and Border Security Panel Discussion was sponsored by the Department of Communication’s student group, the Communication Council. The panel consisted of Sister

Cuban Client Shares Gift of Art

Hundreds of clients come through La Posada’s doors each year. Many of them possess distinct gifts of talents and skills. In the past 25 years, we have assisted dancers, singers, former Olympian trainers, carpenters and electricians, engineers, drivers, professional artists, acrobats, chefs, and many more. Recently, we welcomed another artist. His name is Ruben. He

Valley Morning Star: Monica Peña-Rusmussen | Shelter worker enjoys helping community

By JONATHAN CRUZ Staff Writer For anyone who has entered onto the property of La Posada Providencia shelter in the past 13 years, the first person they have seen has usually been Monica Peña-Rusmussen. In 2001, Monica responded to an ad in the local San Benito paper for a part-time position at La Posada, a

KRGV News: Cubans Recall Harrowing Days at Sea

SAN BENITO – Six Cubans who washed ashore on South Padre Island are working to understand American life. The men survived 20 days at sea. The men on Monday recalled the dangers they faced during their passage through the Gulf of Mexico. “Above all else, we’re just grateful that we’re alive. It’s a miracle that

20-Day Journey at Sea: Cuban Immigrants Safe at La Posada

They planned their escape from Cuba for seven days prior to their departure. They packed a few rations to eat on a small boat for the journey: water bottles, crackers, sugar, condensed milk (that they could dilute in water), and bread. Enough food, they thought, to sustain them for six to eight days. They also