Assist Asylum-Seekers Arriving In Our Area From The Southern Border

Join with DTMG and local aid groups 
to assist newly arriving immigrants who are seeking asylum. 

These are persons – and often families – who have completed a “credible fear” interview, have been judged to not represent a flight risk, have a sponsor in the area, and are now eligible to formally apply for asylum.  They arrive in our area, or pass through to other areas, at the Silver Spring and Union Station bus depots.  They have very little and are not prepared for cold weather.  A coalition of local volunteer groups is meeting them at the bus stations and providing “welcome bags” and other forms of assistance.  

How Can You Help?

Donate items for welcome bags to be distributed at bus stations.

  • Winter clothing for adults and children of all ages (jackets, gloves, scarves, hats, etc.  Used clothing is fine.
  • Personal items: deodorant, comb, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand sanitizer, bottled water (for those in transit), travel-size tissues, menstrual pads
  • Baby care: wipes, diapers
  • Children: child-sized toothbrushes, boxes of chocolate milk, books and journals

Click here to find out Where to Donate Items.

Volunteer.  Volunteers are needed to greet immigrants at the bus stations and to provide transportation to ICE appointments in Baltimore.  Use this link if you are interested in Volunteering in Silver Spring and Montgomery County.  Go here to Volunteer to Meet Immigrants at Union Station.

Donate money.  Most cannot afford an immigration lawyer and donations are welcome for this purpose. Donate Here.

The project is organized by Direct Support for Immigrants, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit subcommittee of Takoma Park Mobilization, Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ-MoCo), and ACLU of Maryland-Montgomery County Chapter.  Collaborating partners currently include DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, and Sanctuary DMV.

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