Casa de Raices - Emergency Refugee Shelter

In meeting the needs of our clients, in September of 2015, RAICES launched a shelter program designed to provide immigrants who travel through San Antonio with emergency shelter services. San Antonio is a unique city in that immigrants from several detention centers across South Texas are released to the San Antonio Greyhound station prior to traveling to cities around the United States.

Each day dozens of immigrants released from detention spend the night at the Casa, typically immigrants will stay at the shelter between 12 to 48 hours. The work of the shelter is to make sure families have a warm meal, a place to decompress and collect supplies before heading out for 2-3 day bus trips.

All of the work in sustaining our shelter is taken on by volunteers. Typical volunteers work at the house for at least 1 4-hour shift each week. Each shift brings its own joys to the work of serving these families and volunteers always leave feeling fulfilled in ensuring that families know that America welcomes immigrants.

Volunteer at the Casa

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 3 months at the house with at least one shift a week. Shifts are currently offered from 6:00am to 9:00am, 9:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, 5:00pm to 9:00pm, and 9:00pm to 12:00am.  All volunteers must participate in an hour-long volunteer training, with training's taking place twice a month.