Migrant Resource Center (MRC) ― Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Located in Agua Prieta, Sonora, next to the US/Mexico border port of entry, the Migrant Resource Center (MRC) provides immediate attention to the needs of migrants deported from the United States daily. The MRC offers migrants food, water, Café Justo coffee, first aid and other medical care, access to a shower, a change of clothes, and a place where they can rest before continuing their journey. For many, this may mean trying to cross the border again and for others it means returning home. The MRC is a safe place to stay while they decide what to do. They are given directions to bus stations, money exchange facilities, and other ministries/ programs that can help. Since opening its doors in 2006, the MRC has welcomed more than 100,000 women, men, and children. Visit their Facebook
Centro de Atención al Migrante Exodus (CAME) ― Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
After their first contact at the Migrant Resource Center, many recently deported migrants need shelter.
The Exodus Migrant Shelter, CAME, welcomes them with open arms, providing shelter, meals, and, of course, a cup of coffee. CAME is a place where migrants know they are safe and cared for while they decide what to do next. Just three months prior to its 21st anniversary, CAME moved into its newly expanded facility where they are now able to host up to 100 people each day. Visit their Facebook
Kino Border Initiative ― Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora
With a vision of establishing a humane, just and workable path to migration between the US and Mexico, the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) has a mission to promote US/Mexico immigration policies that affirm human dignity and promote binational collaboration. On both sides of the border, KBI provides direct assistance to migrants, educational resources for the community, and advocacy through policy work at the local, regional, and national level. Café Justo coffee is provided to those who walk through the doors of KBI and together we have created a specialized Café Kino brand. Visit their website
Cruzando Fronteras ― Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
Many families gather on the US/Mexico border in search of security, a better life, and a more dignified future. Cruzando Fronteras' mission is to help those families find their way as they seek asylum, by providing a helping hand, a warm meal, a cup of locally roasted coffee, and a safe place to rest. In Ambos Nogales (both Nogaleses), Lutheran and Episcopalian partners of Cruzando Fronteras seek to answer God’s call to live in a "borderland of spirituality," straddling the frontier between the Kingdom of God here on earth and the Kingdom that is yet to come. Visit their website
CATPSIC ― Agua Prieta, Sonora, México
As a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, CATPSIC has one goal―to help people with addictions lead better and more stable lives. People who seek support at CATPSIC go through a three- to four-day detoxification process with a medical specialist, and then receive a tailored treatment plan. This is followed by a three-month recovery process with CATPSIC’s support as they fight daily to "stay clean." For CATPSIC, the mental and emotional health of people with addictions is essential, and during the process, clients receive psychological help according to their individual needs. Frontera de Cristo provides emotional and spiritual accompaniment to CATPSIC, and serves as a ministry partner through the Love Mercy, Do Justice initiative. Extending beyond just a cup of coffee, this partnership also provides those in recovery the opportunity to work in the coffee shop as they reintegrate into society.
Casa de Paz (House of Peace) ― Aurora, Colorado
After release from US immigration detention centers, many asylum seekers and immigrants find themselves separated from the people they hold closest―family―and for many, family members may be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Casa de Paz (House of Peace) works to reunite families separated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention by providing shelter, meals, transportation, emotional support, and more. Whether they are seeking asylum, looking for work, or simply trying to reunite with family, all migrants who stay at Casa de Paz can enjoy a cup of coffee from Café Justo and know it comes from a business that does justice. Visit their website.
Casa Alitas ― Tucson, Arizona
Casa Alitas, a ministry of Catholic Community Services (CCS), began when a small group of local church volunteers began providing food to migrants who had been released at the Tucson Greyhound bus station by ICE. Today, with the help of more than 700 volunteers, Casa Alitas is committed to providing assistance to asylum seekers released from ICE detention centers in Arizona. Many of the migrant families Casa Alitas serves have left their countries of origin to escape violence and poverty, and seek protection in the US as refugees. Casa Alitas provides short-term shelter while helping to reunite families. Their goal is to provide a comfortable, safe, and healthful place for guests to figure out what is next in their journey. The coffee served at Casa Alitas is provided by a Café Justo lover from a nearby church in Tucson. Visit their website.