Our Story

The Interfaith Welcome Coalition came together in the summer of 2014 in response to the overwhelming need of unaccompanied children coming to the United States from Central America.

In response to the crisis, a broad network of faith communities & community organizations began working closely with a local legal nonprofit organization.

The work evolved and now the IWC collaborates with many other organizations serving refugees, asylum seekers, and at-risk immigrants and serves as advocates for the needs of these vulnerable populations.

Kelly Allen


Reverend Kelly Allen, founded and led IWC until her passing in 2016.

“As a pastor of San Antonio’s University Presbyterian Church, Allen helped form the Interfaith Welcome Coalition, a humanitarian response to the women and children fleeing deadly violence and poverty in Central America and seeking asylum in the United States.”


NowCastSA has compiled many videos and articles on Allen’s work with IWC here.

Bus Station Volunteer and IWC Board Member, Jan Olsen, describes a heartwarming interaction with migrants and Bus Station Volunteer, Darlene Kilpatrick, tells us about the Bus Station Ministry and What’s In a Backpack.