By: Roxane Ramos
~ José Cuevas, KBI Comedor Volunteer
From early on, José Cuevas has volunteered at the KBI’s comedor, serving meals each week to the deported migrants who arrive there. He calls the work a vocation, and this form of faith in action is a family activity—his wife Alma, son José Luis, and grandsons Gyselle, José Luis, Jr., and Juan Pablo often join him; even his sister in Los Angeles collects clothing and sews back packs for migrants to hold their modest belongings.
José first began feeding those in need in 1994, an effort that grew out of monthly gatherings of 14 friends who decided to start the Association of the Friends of San Fernando in Colinas del Sol near Tijuana. “We initiated this dream,” José says of the community center they built and the meal and medical care programs they implemented there. A tailor by trade, he and fellow church members in Nogales, Sonora, where José was born and raised, began distributing meals and clothing in 2000. Years later, he answered the call again by helping the KBI and, ready to open his heart to those in need, continues to follow his “dream” and vocation, as he and his family have done for 20 years.