We want to bring you up-to-date with what is happening with TBM and the people coming across the border. There are two distinct groups of people the news media lumps together. First, there are the unaccompanied minor children who are 3-17 years old. Second, there are family groups with adults and children together.
Initially, TBM was asked by FEMA to help with the unaccompanied children in Brownsville. We helped for three weeks and are no longer involved. The Federal government brought in contractors to replace us.
Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County, has made a statement that TBM is involved with the 2,000 unaccompanied children coming to Dallas. As of today, TBM has not been invited to help in anyway with the children.
For the past 47 years, Texas Baptist Men has not endorsed any political party or any political candidate and we are not starting now.
We understand this is a sensitive political issue but remember...TBM always responds to hurting people, especially children in a time of crisis or disaster. Make no mistake, this is a huge humanitarian disaster.
TBM disaster relief currently has shower units in McAllen and Laredo. We are working with the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and Buckner International to assist the family groups coming across the border. These are all charities and there is no government assistance for this group.
TBM is not in this for the money. We are not receiving any Federal, State or County money now and do not expect to in the future. The funds used to assist people, comes out of our disaster relief budget, which is supported through gifts of individuals and churches.
We know this does not come close to answering all the questions you or others in your church may have, but we will keep you posted as the situation develops.
Please continue to pray for our staff and volunteers as we are the "presence of Christ" to all of these people.