A Fresh Start

A 43-year-old Brazilian father just came into the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church – McAllen, TX, with his 13-year-old son. The father looked around and started to cry, he was so happy to be here. Wiping his eyes, the tears just kept flowing. I quietly took over a box of tissues for him. “Gracias,” he said.

They only had 30 minutes, before they would board their bus to Philadelphia. But it was time enough to get a quick bowl of soup and drink, a warm shower, and new set of clothes for the two of them. A fresh start.

As they prepared to leave, I had his son pick out a book to read on their nearly three-day trip. “Estoy tan agradecida,” the father said. “Así que muy agradecido. Dios los bendiga a todos!” “I am so appreciative. So very grateful. God bless you all!”

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