The Franciscan Network on Migration provides support to migrants traveling through Central America and Mexico. The network includes dozens of shelters and soup kitchens in the region. The shelters that we are working with most directly are the Frontera Digna in Piedras Negras, La 72 in Tenosique, and the Casa y Comedor San Francisco de Asís in Mazatlán, pictured below.
In Mazatlán, the house has been primarily a soup kitchen, or comedor. During periods of high traffic, however, people have been allowed to sleep in the corridors and courtyard at the church that is providing support. Thanks to the donation of a new facility, and support from donors helping to fund renovations, there will be a full service shelter in the coming months - though not likely to open until after the current health crisis has abated.
The photographs below show friars in Mazatlán providing meals this week - as they have for years. But, for now, they must offer bags "to go," as sit-down meals are not possible because due to pandemic health considerations.
The Quixote Center is the fiscal sponsor for the Franciscan Network on Migration within the United States.