Grannies Respond Abuelas Responden Inc

Our vision is that all immigrants and asylum seekers are treated with respect and dignity as they seek refuge and freedom in the United States.

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Grannies Respond Abuelas Responden Inc

EIN: 83-3932245


GRANNIES RESPOND provides and elicits compassionate and respectful support for asylum seekers and immigrants who are seeking safety and security in the United States. Our VISION is that all immigrants and asylum seekers are treated with respect and dignity as they seek refuge and freedom in the United States.

Notes from the nonprofit

Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden, Inc., founded in 2018, has served many thousands of asylum-seekers. We have groups in 14 states and representation in several other states that go to the bus stations to provide goods and services for asylum-seekers traveling from our southern border, as they are often in desperate need of food, water, clothing, diapers, formula, blankets, OTC medicine, and much other assistance, as well as welcoming smiles. We assist those settling near us with food, clothing, furnishings, community resources, and more. Our NYC group, Team TLC NYC, met every bus sent by TX Gov. Abbot and FL Gov. Santis and assisted them to travel to other states where they were actually intended to go, and assisted those destined for NYC to gain access to shelters, housing, food, clothing, insurance, and legal assistance. Since May 2023, our Hudson Valley group has received and assisted all asylum-seekers sent to the area by Mayor Adams of NYC. Our groups rise to challenges!

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Executive Director

Catherine Cole

Main address

P.O. Box 1106

Beacon, NY 12508 USA

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Subject area info

Public safety

Immigrants' rights

Population served info

Immigrants and migrants


NTEE code info

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Overground Railroad

Volunteers across many cities in the U.S. go to the bus stations along the routes that legal asylum-seekers may take from border towns to where their sponsors live. They are often without money, food, formula, diapers, personal hygiene items, etc. on what can be a four-day journey. Asylum-seekers are met with supplies and kindness.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Overground Railroad

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

This metric represents only our NYC group to show that in 2021, they were a group of 15 volunteers. Once the buses started to be sent from TX, our volunteer roster in NYC alone rose to over 1,000!

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Because of the U.S. immigration policies of detention, separation, and dehumanization that destroy the lives and livelihoods of those seeking asylum....

Our Mission: Grannies Respond provides compassionate and respectful support for asylum seekers and immigrants who seek safety and security in the United States.

Our Vision: That all immigrants and asylum seekers are treated with respect and dignity as they seek refuge and asylum in the United States.

In practice, our groups are in 14 states and we reach out to asylum-seekers traveling through our areas or settling in them and ensure they are connected to community resources and ensure they are fed, clothed, and receive necessities for health, hygiene, and dignity. Our organization is 100% amazing volunteers. Our groups aim to ensure the safe travel and dignified treatment of asylum-seekers.

Grannies Respond's strategies to align with sustainable development goals is represented in all of our actions. We support work permits so that asylum-seekers can be self-sufficient and not subject to extreme poverty, we support them in light of prejudice and lack of education about their situations, we support their access to equitable education for them and their children, we support and protect them and thier rights in the LGBTQ+ community, and we acknowledge climate change as a reality in the countries from which they migrate as a legitimate cause.

Grannies Respond is a 100% volunteer organization and our primary resource is our volunteers.
Through the actions of our groups, we meet crisis situations routinely. We are part of a very large network of other groups and individuals that support asylum-seekers and are therefore capable of meeting any challenge or crisis. We often get requests for help from around the U.S. and though our beautiful network web, we are always successful in obtaining a solution to a problem or help for an individual or family in crisis.
We support state initiatives for work permits, drivers' licenses, ENL classes, food banks, education, community services and resources, and much more.

This year alone, our NYC group (Team TLC NYC) met over 40,000 asylum-seekers sent on buses from TX to NYC. We collaborated with other community-based organizations to provide meals for every person. We provided long distance transportation to arrivals that had no intention of coming to NYC but were sent there anyway by TX. Gov. Abbott. We arranged acceptant into shelters, gave hygiene items, clothing, and partnered for legal assistance, and access to insurance. Our group's home base was the Port Authority Bus Terminal from August 2022 through March 2023. They then opening a "Little Shop of Kindness" to provide free clothing and necessities to asylum-seekers, as well as continued access to insurance and legal aid.
When Mayor Adam sent buses to the Hudson Valley in NY, our group there (Reunite Migrant Families) rose to the occasion and supported each individual in the same manner.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Grannies Respond Abuelas Responden Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Grannies Respond Abuelas Responden Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $256,000
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $256,000
Program Services $206,000
Administration $50,000
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $206,000

Grannies Respond Abuelas Responden Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $35,000
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $35,000


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Catherine Cole

We are an organization formed by individuals over the concerns of the policy applied to separate asylum-seeking families at our southern border in the summer of 2018. We traveled as 30 people from Beacon, NY across the country to make our voices heard. When we arrived at McAllen, Texas, we were 200 strong. Upon our return home, we formed a 501(c)3 organization to formalize our efforts in assisting legal asylum-seekers with their journeys from the border to the location of their sponsors, and in our respective communities. We are a 100% volunteer organization. You do not have to be a 'grannie' to be a Grannie! You just have to have a heart! Reach us at

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Grannies Respond Abuelas Responden Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/11/2023
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Board chair

Lynne Iser, Chair

Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden, Inc.

Term: 2023 - 2025

Susan M Midlarsky

Andrea DiGeorge

Valerie Carlisle

Roya Salehi

Kathleen Mellen

Elisa O'Callaghan

Danielle M Reiff

Maxine Bookbinder

Julie Dolan

Kate Reynolds

Lynne Iser

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/11/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/11/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.