Help at the Texas Border supports those who would like to activate their networks in order to assist migrants along the southern Texas border.
As the humanitarian crisis at the border intensified in the summer of 2019, a friend and I planned a trip to work at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. I wanted to bring stuff they needed, so I let my work, apartment, church, and Facebook communities know when I would be leaving.
The response was overwhelming. People were desperate to help but didn't know how to. After my visit, I created this venue and am now working with others to keep the information trustworthy, helpful and current. We intend to support communities and individuals who want to engage with the migrants arriving along the southern Texas border.
On this site you will find resources for activating yourself or your community, however small or large, to assist those making the immediate transition from their home countries to the US. We are focused primarily on those organizations working in Central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, but there will be soon links to those working in west Texas and in Florida, should that be your milieu.
There are resources for you no matter where you live in the US or abroad. If you live in the Austin, Texas area, we can arrange for a forum to visit your church, business, neighborhood, or other group to give basic information and answer questions.
Looking around the site, you will find a wealth of good information that you can use to educate yourself, correct misinformation, and activate yourself and your communities. There is a link to a Facebook page if you would like to let others know about your idea or find one. You can request a forum visit through the contact page.
If you can improve or create/add to any of the information on the website, please contact us through the 'contact' page.
About the Founder
Pam Jarvis is an Austin resident and mom of a 15-year-old daughter. She is an Episcopalian with a deep commitment to living out her baptism. Pam graduated with a Masters of Divinity from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2018, where she was trained to connect her faith to social justice and to act on that faith in the world. She attends St. George's Episcopal Church in Austin.
Pam works as a missional-pastor-in-training at The Church Lab under the tutelage of Rev. Carrie Graham, as well as at the Stitt Libary at APTS and for Westminster John Knox Press on a joint project with the Seminary. She does research and writes on identity in conversation with political theology.