Dear St. James Community,
Last week a young man from Mali and a young man from Nigeria found a safe home.
Both young men fled from Africa alone as children and spent months on a journey to South America and then to the U.S. border, where they asked for asylum in our nation. They then were placed in government-funded youth immigration shelters to wait for their asylum hearings.
But last week each turned 18 – and were destined to be transferred to adult jails – until their attorneys reached out to Viator House of Hospitality.
As you know, Viator House welcomes young men seeking asylum who have no where else to live while they wait two years or more for their asylum hearings. They are released by the government to live with us. At Viator House they can go to school, look for work, find counseling, practice their faith and be surrounded by people who support them.
So we were honored to welcome both young men last week on their 18th birthdays, where they were welcomed by birthday cakes instead by armed guards and locked cells.
Viator House now is home to 25 men from 12 nations. We can only offer them hope, healing and opportunity because communities like yours support us. Your recent $12,000 grant will help several of our men continue their studies and follow their dreams at local high schools and junior colleges.
Please read more about Viator House at http://viatorhouseofhospitality.com
God bless you and keep you.
Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V.
Director, Viator House of Hospitality