About the Respite Center

In response to requests from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a collaborative convening of many of the area’s multi-faith clergy and non-profit organizations has brought together the volunteer resources necessary to respond to help our border cities handle the overwhelming influx of legal asylum seekers by acting as intake and respite centers, compassionate caregivers, and expediters/facilitators of their travel.

Website: dallasresponds.org
Email: dallasresponds@gmail.com
Follow us on Facebook: @DallasResponds

Follow us on Facebook for updates on upcoming opportunities for Dallas Responds Link
New Volunteer Opportunities Posted Link

Donation Needs

Thank you so much for your interest in donating! Without the support of people like you, we would not be able to provide compassionate care to the asylum-seeking families arriving at our new center.

Donation will be accepted at:

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church
Monday-Saturday, Noon-6pm

Please do not leave donations buy the door outside of the designated hours.

We have a few requests that will help ensure we are able to provide compassionate care to asylum seekers in an organized, well-run center:

  • Pre-sort and clearly label donations as you’re able
  • Follow the list of donations needs and donation don’ts (link to the donation list below)
  • Donate during the designated hours

Resources / Events

Crossing the Line Link
Based on interviews conducted in Dallas, via Skype and at the border, Crossing the Line is an original documentary-style performance created and produced by Cry Havoc Theater & Kitchen Dog Theater focusing on the immigration debate and the situation at the border.
**Donations being accepted at each performance: NEW shoelaces (child/adult), hair / ponytail ties, travel size deodorant**

A Sharp Drop in Migrant Arrivals at the Border 7.11.2019 Link
Dallas Responds 6.8.2019    PDF
Prayer Vigil at ICE Headquarters in Dallas Link
Courts and Ports with Texas IMPACT Link
Hope Border Institute Link
Dallas Responds Meets with State Dept Leadership Program Link
Dallas Responds at Thanksgiving Square Link

Contact Us

Volunteer Needs

Assist with maintaining volunteer and respite center guest database; ensuring intake forms, travel arrangement forms, and other documents are properly processed; assist with ongoing communication needs, including the communication of travel schedules with volunteers and guests; assist volunteers and respite center guests with accessing travel and other pertinent information and printing travel documents

Greet respite center guests, provide pastoral care and ministry of presence, which may include dining with guests, conducting services, delivering rosaries, and offering prayer with guests and volunteers as requested

Oversees the coordination of volunteers and resources to provide sufficient supply of snacks, meals, and refreshments for respite center guests, including set-up, meal service, and clean up

May include volunteers who serve meals on-site, as well as volunteers who procure, purchase, and/or prepare food off-site to be delivered and served at the respite center, including set-up, meal service to guests, and clean up.

Guide welcome center guests to available resources and spaces available at the respite center, including clothing, toiletries, travel bags, showers, baby supplies and leisure/recreational activities; be available to answer questions and engage with guests; assist with light organizing and cleaning of center space; Hospitality Volunteers may be assigned by the Shift Coordinator to serve specific duties in meal service, toiletries, sorting clothes, and shower coordination as needed

Meet with newly arrived family units to register guests for the respite center; gather and process pertinent information, including sponsor contact, travel arrangements, and any self-reported medical/mental health needs or concerns; must be bilingual

Oversees the recruitment, vetting process, and training of legal services professional volunteers who provide on-site orientation and informational legal resources for respite center guests

Attorneys and legal services professionals who provide on-site orientation and distribute informational legal resources for respite center guests

Registered Nurses and mental health counselors who provide on-site medical assessments to respite center guests and volunteers, making referrals to Agape Clinic when recommended or required; will also coordinate with Physicians, Advance Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants who will be on call

Oversees the recruitment, vetting process, and training of medical and mental health professional volunteers, who provide medical and mental health support to respite center guests; selects appropriate referral sources for guests when further services are recommended or required

Provides on-site coordination and support of all volunteers; ensures each volunteer understands their role and responsibility during each shift; serves collaboratively with the Medical & Mental Health Coordinators, Legal Services Coordinator, Food Coordinator, and Transportation Coordinator to ensure efficient and supportive volunteer management

Oversees and manages the use of the facility; serves as a liaison between volunteers and church staff/members as pertains to issues of physical space and storage

Assist respite center guests with using center-provided cellphones to connect and communicate with sponsors that family members have arrived in Dallas; ensure sponsors and guests are aware of travel needs and arrangements; responsibilities include completing transportation and intake forms; must be bilingual

Oversees the coordination of transportation volunteers and available vehicles and approved drivers to safely transport respite centers to overnight stays and departure sites (bus station or airport); develop and maintain a system for communication with volunteers and respite center guests’ transportation/departure times

Following proper safety procedure and protocol, volunteers greet guests and assist with transportation of guests to and from the respite center, overnight stay location, and bus station or airport; assist with making final travel arrangements with coordination of sponsor; ensure guests understand their travel itinerary and assist with navigating bus station and airport check-in system, escorting guests as far as possible through security to their gate

Oversees the recruitment, vetting process, and training of all volunteers on approved procedures, protocol and volunteer guidelines

Meet guests upon arrival to the respite center, conveying warmth and hospitality; lead a large-group introductory orientation with respite center guests to provide an overview of the intake process, schedule and services available at the respite center and overnight stay; must be bilingual

Dallas Responds Respite Center

Dallas Responds is a ministry of Faith Forward Dallas graciously funded with help from the Thanks-Giving Foundation