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San Benito Shelter Experiences Influx of People Seeking Help

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, December 28 2016 Dec 28, 2016 December 28, 2016 5:39 PM December 28, 2016 in News

SAN BENITO - A Rio Grande Valley shelter said they’re seeing record numbers of people seeking asylum after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

La Posada Providencia Shelter in San Benito is the first home to hundreds of immigrants looking for a place to stay after their journey. Staff at the shelter said they’re seeing more need for resources as the number of guests increase.

Many of the people arriving to the center come from Central America, Cuba and Africa.

Volunteer Marlene McClain teaches many of the people in the classroom. She said she drives her RV every year from Pennsylvania to help the sisters operate the shelter.

McClain said they’ve also noticed an increase in the amount of woman and children arriving at the shelter.

La Posada Providencia spokesperson Alma Rock said the shelter is currently at capacity. She said the amount of people that need help increases every month.

“In comparison to last year, we served 309 clients representing 21 countries. Right now, we’re halfway through our fiscal year,” she said. “We’re at our six-month mark and we have already served over 300 people from 24 different countries.”

CHANNEL 5 NEWS has reported on Valley shelters’ increase of guests at their facilities. Rock said they will double their numbers this year. She said she hopes they don’t run out of funds.

“We’re keeping up with the budget. But if we continue welcoming the high number of people as we are, we are predicting to serve over 600 people this year,” she said. “As time passes, we are starting to feel the stress on our resources.”

McClain said she’ll stay for another six months and continue to volunteer.

“So as long as I’m able to and as long as they allow me to come. But every year is different,” she said.

La Posada Providencia receives all of it’s funding from grants and donations. The shelter is currently serving 24 clients from nine different countries. 

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