KIMT News 3 – The Archdiocese of Dubuque is recognizing the unaccompanied children and border crisis. Their response though, is different from many, as they are focusing on the humanitarian aspect and doing something about it.
The Archdiocese reports 60,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S. southern border in the past ten months. That’s compared to the 25,000 since the previous 12 months. Catholic Charity officials say, legal or illegal, these children and families are vulnerable and need assistance.
“The individuals who are crossing our borders are children. They’re young, they’re scared, they’re helpless, they need someone to step up and be their voice. At the Archdiocese of Dubuque, we are helping make sure that they’re treated with dignity and respect,” says Executive Director of Catholic Charities with the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Tracy Morrison.
166 archdiocesan parishes are encouraged to take a special collection for this cause this weekend, August 23-24. The money goes towards financial assistance for children and families who take refuge in the area and for outreach efforts to address the root cause of the crisis.
If you would like to help the cause, click on this link: http://www.dbqarch.org/BorderCrisis