SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe is partnering with the Santa Fe Community Foundation to launch a fund to support refugees and asylum seekers crossing the state’s border with New Mexico.
City government is encouraging Santa Feans who wanting to assist migrants to contribute their time and money, rather than offering housing and donations of clothing and other supplies.
Money raised will be transferred to operations in Las Cruces, El Paso and Albuquerque, where migrants are being sheltered, to help with costs for shelter, transportation and other needs.
Donations can be made at https://www.santafecf.org/give-now
Last month, Santa Fe leaders were considering providing asylum seekers with shelter in the City Different.
But Mayor Alan Webber announced last week that wouldn’t happen and that it would be more efficient for Santa Fe to support the sheltering programs in the other cities. He said Albuquerque and Las Cruces are larger transportation hubs, with more plane and bus services for asylum-seekers trying to move onto sponsors around the country.
In a news release Thursday, Webber reiterated that point and said, “We have other ways to offer help. We will do all we can do to help the asylum-seekers as they make their way to their sponsors and families, almost all of whom are outside New Mexico.”
The release goes onto say that the partner cities are overwhelmed with the amount of supplies now in their warehouses and could use help sorting out items.
“For that reason, among others, we’ve determined that financial contributions and volunteers will be most helpful at this time,” states the release.
Volunteers are directed to sign up with Indivisible Knob-hill, a group coordinating volunteer registration which can be contacted here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXgNj05qkqW2ZsJPNk8UbsGl5T7_yOZZFowftR-yAm90Ie7g/viewform
The city also notes that Catholic Charities hosts training and information sessions at 2010 Bridge Blvd. SW in Albuquerque at 1:30 p.m. every Friday through May 17. Visit this site and click on training: http://www.ccasfnm.org/companions.html
Catholic Charities can be contacted for donations at https://secure.donationpay.org/catholiccharities/asylum.php
And Amazon Wishlist has a site for purchase of items needed for shelters in Albuquerque: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/Z41DT14S8VAB?pldnSite=1