Female StoryTellers Event to Benefit Shelter for Undocumented Women, Children

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Casa Alitas is a temporary shelter for women and children recently released from an ICE immigration detention center. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
  • Maria Inés Taracena
  • Casa Alitas is a temporary shelter for women and children recently released from an ICE immigration detention center.

Female StoryTellers is hosting a benefit show for Casa Alitas—a home that serves as temporary shelter for women and children recently released from an immigration detention center.

Casa Alitas, a program sponsored by Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, is one of many humanitarian entities at the receiving end of the massive surge of Central American migrants, which mostly includes tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied minors.

When Immigration and Customs Enforcement releases them from detention, the families are dropped off at Casa Alitas for food, water, new clothing, a warm bath and a bed to sleep in. The Casa  Alitas volunteers help them get in touch with family members in the U.S., as well as to buy bus tickets to head to their final destination, while they wait for their court hearings—whether for an asylum case or other opportunities to remain in the country.

In January, Casa Alitas head volunteer Jamie Flynn announced Female StoryTellers wanted to host a show to benefit the small shelter—a place that is in much-need of money, donations and volunteers.

Female StoryTellers was founded in 2012 with the purpose of providing women and female-identified performers a chance to share their experiences. The group has a show each month with a specific theme. Five to six storytellers are invited to share a true story that is based on that theme.

In the past, FST has hosted shows to benefit other nonprofits, such as No More Deaths, KXCI and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Female StoryTellers is happening tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9 at The Flycatcher at 7:30 p.m. There is a $7 suggested cash donation, and 70 percent of that will go toward Casa Alitas.

For more, visit the event's Facebook page. And if you're interested in Casa Alitas email, alitas@ccs-soaz.org.

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