Please join us on May 19th at the JFK Library and Museum for our 2020 Spring Celebration honoring our Justice and Compassion Awardee Sr. Norma Pimentel. Since 2008, Pimentel has been executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in the Diocese of Brownsville. The operation includes the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, which has helped more than 150,000 people since it opened in 2014. More than half of those served have been children younger than 10. In early June 2019, the center was seeing 900 to 1,000 people a day. Some families arrive at the center with their children; others have been joyfully reunited. Pimentel described an experience she had at a detention center, that remains "like a dagger in my heart." There, children were packed in cells, with no showers and no room to sit or lie down. "I saw these kids looking through these glass windows, all these little faces, just staring, full of tears, looking at you like, 'Please help me,' " she recalled. (Courtesy Catholic News Service.) Read more here.