Repose for Jismary

Today we lay to rest Jismary Alejandra Barboza González, who would have turned 4 years old next week. Her family started their trip north back in May. Little Jismary was born in Colombia and died in Illinois on August 10th. Colombia is known as the Butterfly Kingdom. Colombia is only second in the world in butterfly species, after Peru. The …

D22 Update – July 7, 2023

We have been joined by 9 more asylum seekers today. For those taking score at home, that makes 42 people at the station. This is the most we ever have had joining us. Since we are on the topic of numbers: Last night was the Night Market and our Spanish/English class at the Edna White Garden. It was super fun …

D22 Update – July 6, 2023

We have a total of 35 guests currently at the police station. Tonight is the Night Market at the Edna White Garden. There will be vendors and a community atmosphere. Also, we will be hosting our community class to help neighbors communicate with the asylum seekers and seeker with our neighbors. Try out your high school Spanish, it will be …

D22 Update – July 5, 2023

The dogs have come from under the bed, and so have we. We are back to work. I hope everyone had a nice extended holiday weekend. Today is Venezuela Independence Day, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela is marking 212 years of their declaration of independence from Spain. We have a total of 34 guests currently at the police station. We have …

D22 Update – July 4, 2023 – Independence Day

We have a total of 34 guests currently at the police station. We had to say goodbye to three of our asylum seekers, most notably Juan Carlos – the artist. We are having a special celebration at the Edna White Garden tonight in celebration our nation. We are having a traditional picnic. Please bring a side dish to share. Thank …

D22 Update – July 3, 2023

Fourteen new asylum seekers have joined the D22 family. We now have a total of 31 asylum seekers and unhoused at D22 as of today. We contacted ChiCares to make sure that we have enough food for them when dinner was delivered tonight. There are many open spots to be filled so Please consider signing up for our meal train. …

D22 Update – July 2, 2023

We have a total of 20 asylum seekers at D22 as of today. Kennedy Park has allowed the asylum seekers to use the showers on Mondays and Wednesdays. There will be no showers tomorrow (Monday) at Kennedy. The schedule will resume on Wednesday, but the times have changed. Going forward, shower pickups will occur on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30PM, …

Quick Updates – 7/2/2023

As part of the plan to decompress police stations, tomorrow there will be multiple moves from police district stations to temporary shelters. This schedule was made available by the logistics team last night and was communicated to CPD Commanders. The moves are scheduled for 6:00 AM on Sunday, July 2nd, except for two pick-ups scheduled for 11 AM (see table …

D22 Update – July 1, 2023

We have a total of 25 asylum seekers at D22 as of today. Today we had our weekly medical clinic. It was an hour earlier. We saw 6 asylum seekers and provided medication to those who needed it. Pro-Tip: Call ahead, the Walgreens on 103rd and Western was closed! Today we were contacted by ChiCares who offered to provided dinner …