Helping others: The mission of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (CCRGV) helps people, with special concern for those who are poor and vulnerable, like the many people currently crossing the Mexican border and seeking asylum in the Untied States. Helping, caring, loving: This is the mission. The staff and volunteers of CCRGV make every effort to live by the words of Jesus: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least sisters or brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40).

Recently, a contrived video placed on the internet sought to smear the good works and reputation of CCRGV. The video charged the agency of participating in smuggling and trafficking of human persons. The charge is false, which the popular and trusted fact-checking website Snopes reported soon after the illicit video appeared on the web.

What the video showed – despite its false narrative – was a volunteer attempting to transport three mothers and their children to a COVID-19 testing site. The families had just come from the Humanitarian Respite Center (seen in the background), which CCRGV manages with the help of the Sacred Heart Church, the city of McAllen, and many volunteers. The volunteer was doing an act of charity.

Charity, in fact, is the main work of the respite center. It provides for the men, women, children, and infants who have entered the country to have a place to rest, have a warm meal, a shower, as well as receive other basic services, before they continue on their journey.

Sister Pimentel urged people to visit the U.S. Mexico border and the Humanitarian Respite Center, and to volunteer, in order to learn about the wonderful work being done for those in need. Sister Pimentel’s full statement can be read here.

Immigrant & Refugee Services

Catholic Charities provides essential services to immigrants and newcomers to this country. CCUSA advocates for immigration and refugee policies that protect family unity and allow newcomers an opportunity to contribute and participate more fully in our communities.

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