Tree of Hopes in El Paso Update

We are happy to report that Tree of Hopes in El Paso is now a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.   We would like to thank the West El Paso Rotary Foundation for all of their support over the past few years in handling donations in support of our efforts on the US Mexico border.   Soon our Board of Directors will announce our goals for the next year and we hope that everyone who supports us will continue to help us help people in need.   Our focus will continue to be on providing food and shelter, heath care, legal assistance, self-help, community education and overall support for people living on the US Mexico border in the El Paso, Texas/Juarez, Chihuahua region. 

Sincerely,
Rick LoBello, Chair, Board of Directors

Toy and clothing drive underway

Tree of Hopes volunteers are collecting toys and clothes for children and their families living at the Tree of Hopes Migrant Shelter in Juarez. People staying at the shelter are waiting on the immigration process and most have to wait months or years. To arrange for your donations please call or text a message to 915-474-1456. All gifts of toys, blankets, jackets, gloves, and warm clothing for children and adults are greatly appreciated. Cash Donations are also needed to purchase personal items.

Thank You World Vision!

We have new restrooms and showers thanks to World Vision, a non-profit organization helping people around the world. Earlier this month we gathered at the new facility for an official dedication ceremony.

The new restrooms and showers, in adjacent areas for men and women, were greatly needed.

The focus of World Vision is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. They help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by their Christian faith. Together we can protect children today, and empower them for tomorrow.

Water system expert needed at shelter in Juarez

Greetings from the Tree of Hopes shelter in Anapra. The shelter is located in far northwest Juárez, about 5 miles due west as a crow flies of our new meeting place at the Mesa Street Grill.  Thanks to Robert Holguin of K-Fox and his special report earlier this summer we have recently received over a dozen new cots and monthly food supplies from the Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul.

Our greatest challenge at the moment is our water supply and finding people with the skills needed to improve it.  We are getting badly needed assistance from UNICEF with pit toilets while a contractor they hired builds new restrooms.  Progress is slow.  

Volunteers have recently installed a pump that I purchased at Lowe’s to help distribute water from one water storage tank to the next.  

In this picture you can see a water tank the West El Paso Rotary Club funded several years ago on top of the church overlooking the construction site.

What most people do not know is how big the water problem is in Juarez.   I am not sure about all the other areas of the city, but everyone in this part of Anapra has been without water for over a month.   The line broke somewhere and even before it broke water was very unreliable since the shelter is at a higher elevation than the rest of the area and the pressure is often not good enough to send water up hill.

We need funding and someone with the expertise on how to solve the bigger problem of water reliability and storage.  

If you can help in anyway please let us know.

Tree of Hopes Update

Sleeping area at Tree of Hopes in Juarez

Most people are familiar with the immigration crisis on our border, but not everyone is hearing news from people working on the front lines. Volunteers at Tree of Hopes have been working every day for over a year now doing just that. Everyone here is a volunteer and no one at Tree of Hopes receives a salary. If there ever was a mission of mercy this place certainly qualifies.

We estimate that over 500 people have stayed at our make shift shelter over the past year and a half sleeping on beds when they are available or on mats inside a church.

Late night meeting in the church. Migrants are encouraged to stay away from anyone who might try to convince them to risk their safety to get the US. Most of the people we are caring for get in line to come to the US and are following immigration laws with one family recently staying with us for over two years before they received permission to cross.

We tell people who want to help us that donations are always accepted and thanks to the Rotary Foundation in El Paso donations can be made so that they are tax deductible.

The need is great, so great that many will not fully realize how significant their contributions are until they take a closer look and get involved. Currently we need not just money, but volunteer support in helping with communications with the migrants, help with clothes and personal items and so much more. We need things like light bulbs and a critical new water system since the city water in this part of Juarez is often cut off for days.

If you would like to get involved in anyway please contact us.

This is an aerial view of Tree of Hopes in Juarez. In addition to a new water system we also need help with security fencing.