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A Refuge In the Desert

The Casa Alitas Story

We are a humanitarian aid project committed to helping legally processed asylum-seekers in Tucson, Arizona. Migrant families arrive at our shelters after recent release from ICE and Border Patrol detention. Volunteers offer hospitality; housing, food, clothing, medical support, toiletries, advocacy, and travel assistance. We provide comfort and safety while guests await their journey, and prepare to reunite with loved ones across the country.

Extending a Hand to Our Neighbors

Our program began in June of 2014 as a response to hundreds of Central American travelers who were being dropped off by ICE and Border Patrol at the Greyhound Bus station here in Tucson. What began as a few people from local churches coming together to bring food to the bus station, became an entire formalized program and welcoming shelter space. We assist hundreds of people each day. As of 2024, the number of asylum seekers Casa Alitas has served over the years is approaching 400,000. Our work is a program within Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona.

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Our Guests

Asylum Seeking Families

"An asylum seeker is a person who has left their country and is seeking protection from persecution and serious human rights violations in another country, but who hasn’t yet been legally recognized as a refugee and is waiting to receive a decision on their asylum claim. Seeking asylum is a human right."

- Amnesty International

Casa Alitas Update
Bishop Edward Weisenburger

Note: Since this video message, funding has come in to cover full operations to about the end of 2024.

Who We Are

Casa Alitas is a program of Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. The Casa Alitas Leadership Team and Volunteer Service Coordinators support a network of paid staff, volunteers, and interns to create a safe, just, and compassionate refuge for the migrant families transiting through our Southern Arizona border communities. The Casa Alitas program is sustained by an inter-denominational network of faith collaborators and inter-organizational partnerships with federal, state, and municipal government agencies; universities and colleges; and other non-governmental organizations.

Leadership Team

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“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
- Emma Lazarus

Help us Offer
a Safe Refuge

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