In early December, we were happy to let you know that Friar Phil Ley was honored for his ministry with Posada Guadalupe. He was one of seven individuals who received the annual ‘Alfonso Garcia Robles Recognition for 2021.’ This award honors individuals and organizations who work for the defense, promotion, protection, as well as working to guarantee the human rights, of (im)migrants confronted by dangerous and vulnerable conditions both within Mexico and globally.
After 15 years of helping young men normalize their status in the United States, Friar Phil Ley has many stories of success to tell.
The stories begin when undocumented boys from Mexico and Central America, who are younger than 18, are placed in foster care or youth facilities. When they reach 18, they have to move on to other facilities. Working with local authorities, Posada Guadalupe provides shelter, food, and education for the young men so they can move toward legal status. Currently, there are 17 men living there.
In addition to learning English and moving toward their General Education Diplomas, the young men at Posada Guadalupe learn how to live together. They cook together, and twice a week clean the property inside and out.
(Excerpt from article originally published in the Closer to Home Insert of the Messenger of Saint Anthony, an international publication of the Conventual Franciscan friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, Italy.)