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ABBA's works primarily with migrants who spend a brief amount of time in Celaya. Often times these are men traveling however in the last few months ABBA has seen a dramatic increase in families passing through. These individuals often come with very little other than the clothes on their backs. Many times their backpacks and other personal belonging have been stolen from them. They stay at the shelter for up to 72 hours and while they are there they are provided with basic services and given the opportunity connect with loved ones and to rest safely. If individuals are in need of longer term medical or psychological assistance it is possible that they can stay at the shelter. This is determined on a case by case basis. 

Basic services offered for 72 hours:

  • Food

  • Showers

  • Medical attention

  • A place to sleep

  • New clothes (including shoes and bags)

  • Phone calls to family


A group of seven migrants (4 Hondurans & 3 Guatemalans) were stranded in the state of Guanajuato as their plans were no longer working. They did not want to continue with the painful path that was towards the United States. One of them, Álvaro, a 28-year-old Guatemalan national, was in a difficult state of despair because at home his wife is seriously ill. They contacted ABBA to provide them with care, we responded to the call and received them at the shelter. The deportations for this moment were already very difficult to obtain since migration was not responding to the call was made a contact with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to be able to return them safely to their country. The process took three weeks.

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