Team Brownsville: “We were just a small group of friends that were trying to do the right thing and help the people that had no home, no country, no belongings, nothing. We did not realize that day how our lives would change and how #TeamBrownsville would evolve and be known worldwide. I say worldwide because of the many media sources that have covered our journey throughout the world.”
Team Brownsville has two missions. The first is to help the asylum seekers at the bus station. When asylum seekers are released from the detention centers, they are taken directly to the bus station. Most have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Team Brownsville volunteers assist them by providing a meal, shoelaces, bags, toiletries, clothing, snacks, and water. Volunteers also provide the asylum seekers with a map and explain the journey and bus changes. Other legal information is also provided.
The second mission is to assist the people living on the Gateway International Bridge. Team Brownsville volunteers providing breakfast and dinner to about 70 people daily. The volunteers also assist with clothing, tents, mats, shoes, toiletries and other items as needed. Legal advice is also provided at times when volunteer lawyers are available. Medical care is sometimes provided when volunteer doctors are available as well.