Today, I’m thrilled to share that the Baltimore Sun featured LIRS and our 75 years of walking alongside migrants and refugees. The article, titled, ‘Seeking Open Hearts and Spare Rooms,’ comes at a critical time, as former refugees are currently walking the halls of the Capitol, sharing their stories with members of Congress and advocating for just and welcoming policies. Tonight, we will honor the courageous journeys of refugees and migrants, and those who have walked alongside them, at the Walk of Courage Award Gala.
In the article, author Dan Rodricks writes of the humanitarian crisis on the southern border of the United States. “Nearly 10,000 children were caught at the border in May alone,” he writes. As Rodricks explains, LIRS believes that all children need safety and protection, and these vulnerable children should embraced by “the government and faith-based organizations, and foster homes for the children who have no relatives here.”
“Baltimoreans with open hearts and spare rooms,” Rodricks writes, can take in a “border kid,” through LIRS. He explains:
Willing adults could…apply to be a foster parent through one of the LIRS-affiliated organizations in the Washington area.
80,000 children are expected to make the treacherous journey from violence in to safety this year. Taking in one of these children is an opportunity for Americans to live out their values of welcome and generosity.
We appreciate Dan Rodricks and the Baltimore Sun for highlighting this crisis and LIRS’s 75 years of walking alongside migrants and refugees.