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Casa San Oscar Romero (Oscar Romero Shelter)

El Paso, Texas – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

Donation Goal: $44,000

Fr. Carl Quebedeaux with refugees at San Oscar Romero shelter

Operated by Fr. Carl Quebedeaux, Casa San Oscar Romero needs financial support to help the growing numbers of refugees.

The situation at the U.S.–Mexico border has devolved into a humanitarian crisis, and one of the largest hot spots is El Paso–Ciudad Juárez, with a combined population of over 2.7 million people, it is the second largest binational metropolitan area on the southern border.  Thousands of refugees and migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. have been expelled to Mexico or prevented from entering the states, leaving families stranded at the border.


These families are seeking a better life—escaping lives of poverty and violence—and would face great personal risk by returning home.  Exacerbating the dangers these families face, Juárez has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the refugees are among the most vulnerable to exposure.


The Oscar Romero Shelter (Casa San Oscar Romero) helps refugees stranded in Juárez that need food, shelter, medicine, legal assistance, counseling, and educational resources for their children.  The shelter currently houses 68 refugees, over half of whom are children. The shelter also assists other stranded migrants in temporary living situations, such as abandoned housing, with mattresses and bedding, clothing, and other basic needs. Operated by Fr. Carl Quebedeaux, a Claretian priest, Casa San Oscar Romero desperately needs financial support to help the growing numbers of refugees at the shelter.

The immigrants at Casa San Oscar Romero are from Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.  They are honest, hardworking people.  Although it is difficult to find jobs in Juárez, the migrants work at factories and as day-laborers, sending the majority of their pay to their families in their homelands.

Parents teach the children

Parents at the shelter assist their children with school work. The shelter hopes to provide students with more resources in 2021.

Donations will help provide the following in 2022:

  • Shelter: Monthly utilities including electricity and water. Past donations enabled the shelter to add a second bathroom, three more rooms, and laundry appliances, but further renovations are needed for the space to accommodate larger numbers of families.
  • Employees: The shelter currently has two employees running morning and evening operations, and donations will help the shelter pay them.
  • Food: Refugees currently subsist on basic supplies of rice and beans. Donations could help the shelter afford fresh eggs, milk, fruit, and vegetables.
  • Medical Supplies: After outbreaks of measles and COVID-19, the shelter needs to restock basic medicines and PPE. Also, a few of the children are disabled and need extra neurological care, which the shelter needs funds to provide.
  • Basic living needs: blankets, pillows, mattresses, and clothing.
  • Therapy: Many migrants have been through traumatic experiences including violence and murder, and separation from family and loved ones.
  • Legal aid: U.S. lawyers for asylum hearings. Also, the shelter wants to hire a social worker to handle cases but currently doesn’t have the funds.

Your donation to St. Jude League Community Development will help fund vital programs in our communities, like those at Casa San Oscar Romero.

Learn more about these issues faced by migrants and refugees in the short video below, and read about how the St. Jude League Community Development aids communities experiencing need on our Issues pages.