Sister Elizabeth “Liz” Maria Garcia, Pastoral Associate of Hispanic Ministry at St. Wendelin’s in Fostoria, knows exactly what they need—and how they may be feeling. She is the seventh of eight children in a family of migrants who drove from Texas to Northwest Ohio each summer. “When we came here, we had no advocates working for us, no housing. I am one of those advocates today.”
En Camino provides food, clothing, diapers, and basic items donated by St. Wendelin and other parishes. While their parents work from sunrise to sunset in the fields, the children attend a migrant school and vacation bible school. When needed, they study for and receive the sacraments. The bilingual textbooks En Camino provides help the adults as much as the children. The left side of the books are in Spanish, the right in English, so parents can learn along with their children. Diocesan priests celebrate a Spanish Mass each Sunday, followed by a picnic lunch.