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A Vision for a new Humanitarian Respite Center

Restoring Dignity and Providing Hope: Building a New Humanitarian Respite Center

Recognizing that immigrants continue to cross the Texas-Mexico border in large numbers, CCRGV understands firsthand the growing need for essential services that provide hope during emotionally daunting and physically exhausting times. Taking action to address this rising imperative, Catholic Charities has purchased land in the City of McAllen to build a new respite center that will better meet the needs of the families that CCRGV serves each day. Located only two blocks from McAllen’s main bus terminal, the new Humanitarian Respite Center at this site will be positioned to welcome and serve the most vulnerable as they continue to pursue a new life in the United States.

To engage both community members and architects from around the globe, CCRGV has launched an architectural design competition in support of the new respite center. All interested architects and firms are invited to submit designs for the new center based on the detailed space requirements outlined by Catholic Charities. These program requirements include spaces such as:
  • A spacious multi-purpose room designed to host welcome sessions, large meals, and overnight accommodations for up to 300 individuals
  • More advanced medical exam facilities, including a physician’s office for medical volunteers
  • Support spaces including an updated kitchen, an expanded laundry facility, and increased storage space
  • A dedicated chapel to provide space for worship and reflection

To realize this ambition for a new Humanitarian Respite Center, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley turns to the broad philanthropic community for support in this endeavor. Commitments from friends of CCRGV will directly back the construction of this newly designed center—enabling Catholic Charities to provide an even greater level of care for many years to come.

With Appreciation

As you contemplate the impact you wish to have in the lives of thousands of immigrant families, Catholic Charities is grateful for your consideration of support for this national imperative to care for our neighbors in need. The care that CCRGV provides for migrants and refugees—restoring human dignity and providing hope—is made possible by the generous pledge from individuals and organizations who share Catholic Charities’ commitment to serving the most vulnerable. On behalf of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and Executive Director Sister Norma Pimentel, thank you for your consideration.

Making a Gift

To make a gift, please visit. To discuss making a leadership-level commitment, please contact: Michelle Nunez or Tracey Perez, Humanitarian Respite Center, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, (956) 702-4088 | |

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