About Valerie Hellermann

Valerie works endlessly toward her lifetime goal: To build a stronger, healthier, equitable and peaceful global community.

Dec 9: Arrived at the border

By | 2018-12-10T18:39:13+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Categories: DONATE NOW!, refugee, South of the Border|

Our small team Leslie, Judy and I have arrived in Texas at the border. We have been instructed to be very careful with posts, no images and no details as to where we are. So I will describe things without names.There is a shelter in an old nursing home. We arrived after dark so we just [...]

Dec 3: Medical Care Shortage South of the Border

By | 2018-12-03T16:49:03+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Categories: DONATE NOW!, refugee, South of the Border|

Just got word there is a shortfall in December medical care at the Texas/Mexico border. Our Hands On Global team is responding and tag teaming to cover December. There are a lot of SICK people needing medical attention. Leslie Gibbs NP, Judy Paton, Board Member and I leave Sunday 12/9. Dr Georgia Milan is home now [...]

Nov 27: Report From Dr. Georgia, South of the Border

By | 2018-12-03T02:03:48+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Categories: DONATE NOW!, refugee, South of the Border|

Hi Everyone! This is my 2nd day at the RGV Catholic Charities Respite Center. I am so glad to be here. The way things work down here in South Texas is that when folks cross the border seeking asylum, (and they present with probable cause for asylum) they are sent to the detention center, and [...]

Nov 26: Report From Dr. Georgia, South of the Border

By | 2018-12-03T02:06:56+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Categories: DONATE NOW!, refugee, South of the Border|

Hi Val and Friends, Today was my first day at the Respite Center of the Rio Grand Valley Catholic Charities, across the border from Reynosa. It was incredibly crazy. I saw 60 patients, many children, almost everyone from Honduras - although some from Guatemala and El Salvador. Everyone had children with them. There were many [...]

Nov 26: News From South of the Border

By | 2018-12-03T02:07:43+00:00 November 25th, 2018|Categories: DONATE NOW!, refugee, South of the Border|

Dr Georgia Milan of Hands On Global is on the Texas-Mexico border working with the Catholic Charity shelters providing medical care to the many people crossing the border. People are being released from detention centers on the US side and are really sick. There is an influenza epidemic. People with high fevers, coughs and flu [...]

Nov 20: November Update from Lesbos

By | 2018-12-02T18:56:42+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Moria Refugee Project - November UPDATE Winter has set in on Lesbos Island Greece. With it has come torrential rains and cold. Many of the refugees at the MORIA REFUGEE CAMP are living in tents and shelters made of tarps. Their tents and tarp shelters are wet. The electricity has gone out many times. They [...]

Nov 6: What will it take to turn the tide?

By | 2018-11-07T23:24:16+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Our last day in Moria. It was busy, we saw 105 patients. Not much time to think about it being the last day. My day started with a young man, maybe 24, injured in a fight last night, he had been sent to the hospital, he had sutures on his chin, a broken jaw and a [...]

Nov 5: Feeling sad to leave and determined to return soon.

By | 2018-11-06T16:34:59+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Monday - today as we turned onto the road to the camp there was a police check post. Then, as we entered the camp there was a heavy police presence. I found out later in the day that they were looking for refugees who were to be deported. When their asylum is denied many ( 50 [...]

Nov 4: The work is hard, but difficult to leave

By | 2018-11-06T15:21:23+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Sunday and back to work. This clinic is the only medical provider open on Sunday. There were many sick kids today. I worry because when the cold weather comes they are so vulnerable and the MSF vaccination campaign is still on hold. This little guy in the photo, 4 years old from Iraq, was smiling all [...]