Valley group honored for work with immigrants

Joyce Hamilton, Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley and Rev. John L. McCullogh, President & CEO, Church World Services. (Photo taken by CWS)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY — Hosting its annual Benefit for Change at the Museum of Chinese in America, the Church World Service (CWS) honored local immigration advocate groups Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, La Posada Providencia Respite Shelter, and The Holding Institute Community Center. 

Founded in 1946, CWS is a worldwide faith-based organization which provides sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief and refugee assistance around the world.

Their annual Benefit for Change is a celebration of organizations fighting for immigrants and refugees rights, in addition to the transformation of communities around the world. 

New York’s 13th Congressional District’s Congressman Adriano Espaillat awarded Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley with the annual Champions for Change Award. 

“Families are risking everything for the chance of safety — only to be left in a new increasingly dangerous situation in Matamoros. There is little to no help from the government for those returned there, and people need clean water, sanitation, food, clothing and so many other basics. These families have decided it is better to live for months in small, flimsy tents with limited food, running water or other necessities than to go back to where they are fleeing danger. We work with our partners to do all that we can to support them. To be recognized in this way for our work is a truly special honor,” Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley founding member Joyce Hamilton said in a statement.