HELP US BUY THE BOMB SHELTER
AKA The "New Wave Feminists Consistent Life Ethic Center"
in Juárez, Mexico
Located near the border, NWF has the opportunity to purchase a significantly larger shelter in Juárez. This facility would not only serve as a safety point for asylum-seeking migrants who've been turned back under Title 42, but it is also perfectly equipped to offer temporary housing for at least 100 pregnant women and single mothers until more permanent accommodations can be made.
Oh, and it's also a certified bomb shelter - hence, the name of this campaign. ;)
But that's just the beginning of this vision...
Because of the size of this facility, there is a whole separate wing which NWF would be able to utilize to create a medical grade pregnancy and women's health clinic. This is a very big deal, nothing like this currently exists in Mexico. The wing is already equipped with it's own check-in window (separate from the rest of the shelter), two waiting rooms, multiple consultation rooms, a perfect space for a sonogram visits, its own bathrooms, and an enormous warehouse on the property where we could store thousands of baby and maternity supplies for families in the community.
There are also two large meeting spaces where we envision holding pregnancy & birthing classes, as well as post-abortion recovery groups, fertility awareness classes, and lactation talks.
With the legalization of abortion in Mexico, as well as the newly enacted heartbeat bill in Texas, women WILL be crossing the border to access abortion services. Giving women true choices, means offering them alternatives to terminations as well. This facility would allow us not only to serve migrant mothers in Juarez, and the community as a whole, but also women crossing the border who might be unsure of the decision they're about to make.
Our goal is to EMPOWER all of these women and families with as much information and support as possible - from free STD testing, well-woman exams, sonograms, and pregnancy support, to helping them access continuing resources back home if they've traveled into the city for an abortion and ultimately decide not to go through with it.
This would be the first shelter/women's clinic hybrid in the country, and it's almost as if this space was built with precisely these services in mind. It's literally perfect for what we want to do there.
Look, we know this is a HUGE dream. But we've also seen the NWF community pull off the unimaginable before... because y'all love BIG. You've proven that time and time again.
TLDR; In order for us to purchase this facility outright, we need to raise $300K dollars.
If we're supposed to be doing this work, we trust the money will come, and $280K ALREADY HAS!!!
Please consider helping us get there! Our activism has been built on y'all's $5 and $10 donations in the past. And I gotta say, I kinda love that about us. We're not a money bags group with huge donors, we're a ragtag team of people who want to work to make the world a better and safer place for women and children, and when we all chip in a little, unachievable things just keep happening.
*As an aside, if you've recently won the lottery and would like to give us a large unmarked briefcase of cold hard cash, my offer still stands (although I'm upping it now) - if you donate over $100K I'll tattoo your name somewhere on my body. You get to pick the font, I get to pick the place... deal? ;)
Take a virtual tour of the Women's Health Clinic Side HERE!
And here are some pictures of the rest of the facility...
About the NWF Center's Future Director...
Karina Breceda has lived a life of service for years. From serving migrant families on the US side of the border, to working with women in Juarez who have experienced sexual violence (many of whom became pregnant as a result), she knows how to protect the vulnerable, and nourish their spirits as well as their bodies.
Her tireless dedication to humanizing human beings, as well as creating a culture of life at the border is unmatched.
She is ready to start a revolution of love, one human-to-human encounter at a time.
Her resume includes implementing programs that have been sought after by other esteemed leaders in her community, as a model for how to do it right. She doesn't simply meet the basic needs of those in her care, she walks alongside them, empowering these women every step of the way, and preparing them for the journey ahead.
We are so lucky to count Karina as a New Wave Feminist board member, and she is the perfect person to implement a project of this size. Her years of experience running shelters along the border have perfectly prepared her for this very moment, and no one is better equipped to serve the women of Juarez than she is. This is more than just a building to her, it's the first step in creating a far-reaching culture of life in her community.
Covid-19 Relief Efforts
NWF - Dallas put together 75 "Lady Kits" for families in South Dallas. This area is known as a food desert, so women and girls have less access to basic feminine hygiene and reproductive care supplies.
We were also very grateful for the opportunity to help Abide Women's Health Services in getting necessary supplies to babies and mamas through their "contactless porch drop offs" of essential items like formula, diapers, baby wipes, and breastfeeding support.
Our human dignity doesn’t begin at birth and it doesn’t end at the border…
While our official #B2B campaign has ended, if you'd like to continue supporting families at the border, please consider donating the one of the wonderful centers helping them relocate after detainment. Below are the current needs and Amazon Wishlists for each facility. Your donations make a HUGE impact.
***When sending items from an Amazon list, make sure to select the address for the center you are sending to. If the address is not listed, we have included it below so that you can change the shipping address when you checkout on Amazon. Thank you!***
El Paso Respite Center - Ship to: Annunciation House, 1003 E San Antonio Ave, El Paso, TX 79901
Brownsville Respite Center - Ship to: (currently unavailable, will update shortly)
Laredo Respite Center - Ship to: Catholic Charities, c/o Joe Barron, 1701 Main Ave, Laredo, TX 78040
“The Bottles 2 The Border Initiative has been partially supported by a grant from the Consistent Life Network, an international pro-life, pro-peace coalition. New Wave Feminists is proud to be a member of the Consistent Life Network.”
Other NWF Humanitarian Initiatives
The Great Texas Tampon Haul!
In response to Hurricane Harvey