We are welcoming new Board Members & Board Leadership while honoring the faithful service of Board Members rolling off.
Our board is going through exciting and bittersweet changes! First, we are saying a heartfelt “thank-you” and “good-bye” to Gerry Corrigan and Lisa Grant. As our faithful board chair, Gerry led Kino through critical events like an Executive Director search and a Strategic Planning Process. He did so in just two years. “His roots go back to the beginning,” says Executive Director Joanna Williams, “He has been truly instrumental in preparing us for the next horizon of hospitality.”
Joanna continues, “Lisa has demonstrated what commitment to migrants looks like. Before she was ever a board member, she served as a volunteer in the outreach center for years. She has been key in inviting others to support this work, including by helping to execute our Annual Fundraisers.”
In order to fill the large shoes these two servants leave behind, we are welcoming Tony Dabdoub and Maria Silva as our new Board Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. Both bring tremendous leadership experience and deep commitment to our work as residents of Nogales, Sonora. Stay tuned as we share more about them soon!
Last but certainly not least, we are extending an enthusiastic welcome to Flavio Bravo, Greg Fairbourn, and Jaime Paz y Puente, who have just begun their terms serving on our Board.
Our 2022 Congressional Report is Available.
Each year, we compile an overview of the key developments around migration that have affected migrants in Nogales. The insights in this report come from our advocacy efforts, tracking policy changes, and of course from the many stories that migrants themselves have shared with us. Click here to view the full report.
We mark the 20th Anniversary of Strangers no longer.
This year marks the 20th anniversary when the Conferences of Mexican and US Catholic Bishops came together to publish the letter, “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope.” We continue to respond to their invitation “to exercise [our] faith and to use [our] resources and gifts to truly welcome the stranger among us,” so that families arriving in the US from a variety of circumstances experience that they are “strangers no longer and instead members of God’s household.”
We are seeking a Director of Migrant Services, and US Education Coordinator.
Kino welcomes two new staff members.
We have been thrilled to add Yemilka Hernandez and David Zamorano, as Social Worker and Assistant to Reception, respectively. These two new team members will continue to support all of our efforts in Ambos Nogales as we pursue migration with dignity together.
Seeking Coats and Winter Clothes.
We are continuing to distribute warm clothes and blankets for migrants as the winter descends. Nighttime temperatures in Nogales can reach below freezing, and many migrants in Central America have not experienced such cold. We want to come alongside each person by making sure they have what they need to stay warm. Click here for details on how to donate.
We had a wonderful Volunteer Posada.
We were thrilled to set aside time to celebrate and serve the dedicated volunteers who make Kino a warm and welcoming place to be. Many thanks to all who came out to receive our appreciation, and to those who made this posada possible.
Binational Posada demonstrates solidarity on both sides of the border.
We are grateful to all who joined with Holy Families during our binational posada on Dec 17. In this moment, Mi can seem like a far-off dream, an unlikely hope. We stand in solidarity with our siblings in migration who show us what hope, joy, and faith really mean. Let us never lose hope, but work tirelessly for a world where every Holy Family can migrate in peace and receive the protection they deserve.
Save the date for our Next Annual Dinner.
Mark your calendars for our next Annual Fundraising Dinner on March 11, 2023. This will be a joyful and inspiring time for us to celebrate what God is doing at the border and look to the next horizon for our work in Ambos Nogales. Click here for tickets.
Applications for spring volunteer positions are still open.
Kino Border Initiative thrives because of the dedication and solidarity of volunteers from both sides of the border. For more information click here.
Accepting Applications for Catholic Sisters to Volunteer.
Faith is integral to everything we do, and our religious staff and volunteers have been vital to our organization. We are inviting any member of a Catholic women’s religious order to apply for a 1 month volunteer and advocacy experience with us. All travel and lodging will be paid. You can view details and apply by clicking here. Information available in Spanish here.