The AID NW post-detention Welcome Center, located close to the release gate of the Northwest Detention Center, has been in operation since July 2015. The Welcome Center is open Monday thru Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. to serve the needs of released immigrants and their families.
Each weekday, 30-40 immigrants are released from the detention center. Welcome Center volunteers provide a welcoming place to experience their first moments of freedom, telephone access to call family or friends, assistance in arranging onward travel, warm clothing as needed, backpacks and document bags to carry their belongings, snacks and soft drinks, and arrangements for safe housing for those who are not traveling on. Most importantly, the immigrants immediately receive a heartfelt welcome by a community of people who reaffirm that they deserve to be treated with dignity.
Here are some of the many former detainees who have received safe release services from AID NW
And here are photos of the Welcome Center