Imagine being a young child living in an unfamiliar place where you don’t understand the people, customs or even the language. Not only that, but you came to this place by yourself because you are escaping danger. No one seems to understand what you need, how you’re feeling or how to help. You feel lost, alone, terrified and completely unwanted. Each day you struggle to fulfill your basic needs—food, shelter and clothing—until one day, someone sees you. Suddenly you feel understood and helped by someone who cares about your spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. Upbring Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter, New Hope Children’s Shelter and Transitional Foster Care ensure these children are in safe, temporary environments, surrounded by professional staff and/or trained and nurturing foster parents.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in Texas and throughout the United States helps new populations integrate into American life by connecting them to critical resources. Upbring operates four ORR programs in Texas for children 0-17 years old who have migrated to the U.S. alone or with other minors.
Rather than being deported, children who cross the border alone from Central America are turned over to ORR, held in designated facilities and provided with services until their family members can be located. This experience alone can be scary, but the staff at Upbring shelters provide the children with around-the-clock attention, caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter in Corpus Christi opened in 2006 and provides a safe, temporary environment for hundreds of unaccompanied minors.
In 2014, Upbring took a vacant nursing home and transformed it into New Hope Children’s Shelter.
Upbring’s Transitional Foster Care programs ensure that young children who have entered the U.S. alone have a safe, temporary home, surrounded by professional staff and/or trained and nurturing foster parents.