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Sisters Judy MacDonell and Pat Gootee support immigrants

Sisters Judy MacDonell and Pat Gootee are delighted to be back to work in Tucson!  With the recent change in U.S. administration, the borders have been re-opened; migrants are crossing in large numbers. The travelers, who are supported by sponsors, stay for only a day or two and then board buses to move on to their next destination.  Srs. Judy and Pat prepare breakfast and lunch; volunteers bring in hot meals, fruit and other provisions.  Sr. Judy also works in the laundry.  She shared that she hopes the colorful, vibrant mural at the front door of Casa Alitas helps to ease the newcomers’ anxieties or fears.