Ayuda is heartbroken to learn that on January 12, philanthropist Calvin Cafritz passed away in D.C. at the age of 91. Mr. Cafritz led the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for over 30 years, an institution that has been deeply committed to improving the quality of life for all Washington metropolitan residents. Under Mr. Cafritz’s leadership, the Foundation has generously contributed to Ayuda’s work for nearly 20 years. We are forever grateful to both for helping us support our low-income immigrant neighbors. 

Ayuda’s entire team extends our most profound sympathies to Mr. Cafritz’s family and loved ones. When Ayuda recognized the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation as a Hall of Fame Inductee in 2018, we had the honor of hearing from Mr. Cafritz about his passion for doing good. DC will greatly miss his generous spirit, but we take solace in knowing his legacy and love for our community lives on through the Cafritz Foundation.  

Remembering Calvin Cafritz. 1931-2023. Committed to building a Washington, D.C. with Access to Opportunities for All.
Calvin Cafritz addresses Ayuda community at a 2018 event.
Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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