Asylum Seekers Receive Food, Clothing and Shelter at Adventist Church in Riverside County, California
21 April 2019 | Overflowing migrant processing centers in California’s Riverside County have resulted in migrants that were originally apprehended on the southern border being released and handed to local organizations for care.
The Desert Sun identified one of these as the Seventh-day Adventist church in Blythe, a city in Riverside. The church is providing migrants with food, clothing and lodging.
In a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, county chairman Kevin Jeffries said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is continuing to process migrants, “indicating there is no end to the release of these families that are impacting Riverside County communities.”
The processing centers in the area are releasing migrants as new migrants arrive due to capacity issues.
At the Adventist church, migrants are fed and given their choice of donated clothing before they receive bags of donated toiletries and access to shower facilities.
The congregation will house some families at the church where a maximum of 45 people can sleep on the floor with blankets. The church is reportedly tapping its own funds to pay for the supplies for migrants.