Thank you for your recent article about the monastery shelter for asylum seekers (“Rest and hope,” May 26, Page A1). In addition to comprehensive, fact-based details, the article gave the human side of the story from the perspective of some of the many volunteers.

In various ways, small and large, those of us who volunteer are able to offer assistance and comfort to the families seeking asylum. Who among us would not flee extreme violence and poverty to save our families? 

What’s happening at our border is indeed a crisis for those seeking safety. Is it not also a crisis for those of us born in the U.S. as we face our own humanity? Do we turn our backs and close the door or do we reach out and offer a hand and hope? 

Jean and Don Saballus, Green Valley

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