The Torah teaches us that when we see a person in crisis, we cannot turn away, and there can be no doubt that there is a crisis at our nation’s southern border.
After hearing from so many members of our community, the Jewish Federation of Chicago has opened the Fund for Asylum Seekers to assist those in crisis.
The Fund will support three organizations that are providing relief on the ground:
- Jewish Family Service of San Diego (San Diego Rapid Response Network) runs a shelter for families released from detention and provides a safe place to people as they decide on next steps while waiting for an asylum court hearing. The families—who frequently have only the clothes on their backs when they are released—are provided with food, toiletries, clothing and toys for the children.
- The Young Center, based in Chicago, provides case management for unaccompanied and separated children. The laws governing asylum do not require proceeding in the “best interests of the child,” so the volunteer case managers provided by the Young Center work to achieve that level of care.
- RAICES provides free and low-cost legal services to asylum seekers and refugees at its five Texas offices.
We ask you to join us in our commitment to showing compassion to those who are suffering.