Fairplex Humanitarian Family Reunification Efforts
Thank you for visiting the Fairplex humanitarian family reunification and unaccompanied children relief webpage. Here you will find information on the efforts, donations and other ways to get involved in supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with their work to temporarily house and quickly reconnect unaccompanied minors who have arrived at our southern border. To learn more about the operation please read our FAQs.
The Esperanza Fund will help support the direct needs of the children, such as reunification packages for children who are safely released to a family member, sponsor, or transferred to an appropriate HHS shelter for longer-term care. The Esperanza Fund will partner with a local Pomona nonprofit to assess the needs and provide appropriate items of support as the children transition from the Fairplex Emergency Intake Site. To make a monetary donation to the Pomona Community Foundation - Esperanza Fund, visit here.
For information on donation of in-kind items, please send your contact information to email@example.com.
Health & Human Services
HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has contracted with Fairplex to serve as an Emergency Intake Site to assist ORR with their work to temporarily house and quickly reconnect unaccompanied children who have been arrived at our southern border.
While the effort is being fully led and funded by the federal government, Fairplex is assisting HHS and the federal government in welcoming the children and supporting them during the reunification process. This humanitarian effort is in line with Fairplex’s mission to be a community benefit organization. As part of this partnership agreement, a temporary shelter is being set up at the Fairplex campus with the main priority being the care and well-being of the children during the reunification process.
The shelter will not impact the COVID-19 vaccination clinic or testing site at Fairplex, and costs for the operation and use of the HHS shelter are being provided by the federal government. Fairplex will work with HHS to develop a communications plan to keep the public informed on the status of the operations.
Fairplex is just one of several emergency shelters operating in the U.S., including those in California (San Diego and Long Beach), Colorado, Texas, and Washington.
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