Key Galilee Center Donor Responds to Funding Non-renewal

Ceci Partridge

The Galilee Center will soon be in need of new funding after one of their major donors cites “philosophical differences” as a reason not to renew the donation.

Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad believes the shelter’s mission has changed after they housed Central American asylum seekers instead of the migrant farmworker that seasonally come to the valley.

Ingebrand-Pohlad sent the following statement:

“Yesterday’s news report regarding the Guadalupe Shelter was very disappointing to me. To clarify: I did not pull any donations. I just chose not to renew funding when the shelter’s mission changed. I have spent the past 15 years dedicated to help [sic] migrant children and their families. Allowing asylum seekers in the shelter attracts the attention of ICE which drives away wary Mexican workers. I will continue my mission to support the Mexican farmworkers, but in a different way.”

Farmworker Shelter May Close Doors Facing Funding Shortage

Now, the center is asking the community to help raise $150,000 to assist with housing the temporary farmworkers. These funds will provide workers with meals, pay for utilities and provide a salary for shelter employees.

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