YOU made a difference. Thank you!

What an amazing community!
(We keep saying that, but it is true.)

THANK YOU to everyone who bid and contributed cash donations and to all those who donated items.

WE EXCEEDED our goal of $8,000.

What happens next?

  • You should have received an email with a link to complete payment for your item. If you did not, please email and tell us your name and what you won.
  • Note to NON-LOCAL WINNERS of items that will need to be shipped: We will calculate the shipping cost and contact you with the amount that will be added to your winning bid.
  • Note to LOCAL WINNERS: Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos has agreed to be a pickup location for your items. Please give us until after Thanksgiving to get things labeled and transported there. We will let you know when they are ready to be picked up.
  • If you won a gift card, we will mail those to you.
  • If you won an “experience” or a service, we will connect you with the business or individual responsible for the donation.

Again, thank you for your support for Rosa and sanctuary.


Immigration, DACA and Human Rights Virtual Town Hall, Tuesday, 4/14, 5:30

Join Michelle Ferrigno Warren for a virtual Immigration, DACA and Human Rights during COVID-19 Town Hall on Tuesday, April 14th at 5:30 pm on zoom.

Our guests are:

Rosa Sabido has lived in sanctuary in Mancos, CO for the past 3 years. Rosa will share about what sanctuary is for the immigrant community & help us learn how to live more contentedly in our homes.

Sarah Jackson, founder of Casa de Paz, an organization that supports immigrants in detention, will share how best to support immigrants in detention during COVID-19.

Jennifer Piper, a long-time community immigration and human rights activist will inform and invite us how to support DACA recipients in light of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling.


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 569 876 5582

 Password: homeishere

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Petition delivery rally Thursday, 2/27, 9:30 am


Join us in a rally of support as we deliver Rosa’s Private Bill petition to Rep. Scott Tipton at his Durango office on Thursday, February 27th, Rosa’s 1,000th day in Sanctuary.

We will meet at 9:30am and march to his office from two meeting points: 8th and 9th streets between Main and E. 2nd Ave. in Durango (join us at one or the other). The rally itself will be outside his office at 835 E. 2nd Ave and you are welcome to meet us there as well!

Bring yourself, your friends, and your signs. We will hear from Rosa and then we will mark Rosa’s 1,000th day while the petition is delivered inside, ending with music!

We want to thank the community for all their hard work on this petition. It has been more successful than we ever imagined! Please join us to celebrate your hard work and uplift Rosa’s ongoing fight for permanent residency.

What: Petition Delivery & Rally in support of Rosa

Where: Meet on 8th and 9th streets between main and E. 2nd Ave.

When: Thursday, Feb. 27th at 9:30am

Questions? Email

See you there!

1000 Days in Sanctuary Campaign


Dear Sanctuary Supporters,

We’ve all been wondering how and when Rosa will get to leave Sanctuary.

The only way for Rosa to get out of Sanctuary is for a Private Bill for Lawful Permanent Residency to be passed by the two houses of Congress and signed by the President.

We have been advised that now is the time to attempt to introduce a private bill in order to move the process along the timeline that we need. In order to do this, we need to find sponsors for this bipartisan Private Bill.

The 1000 Days in Sanctuary Campaign will target Colorado’s District 3 representative, Scott Tipton for the second time. We are engaging with Rep. Tipton again because his House seat is contested in the upcoming 2020 election and we hope to bring Rosa’s case and immigration reform into the state and national conversation as we approach November. We are grateful to be receiving immense strategic support from Michelle Ferrigno Warren, who is a longtime support of immigrant rights and is running to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate.

Our goal is to gather 1,500+ District 3 constituent signatures to publicly present to Rep. Tipton in early 2020. This means that we need your signatures and support as far north as Craig and as far east as Pueblo!

How can you help?

  1. Sign the petition!
    You must be a registered voter in Colorado District 3 in order to sign (list of counties below). If you are not a registered voter, register here.
  2. Become a signature-gatherer in your county!
    Email to learn how.
  3. Talk to people in your community about the campaign and encourage them to sign if they haven’t.
  4. Join the delegation to present the petition in February.
    Email for more information.
  5. Support financially.
    Rosa has been in Sanctuary for 2 ½ years. This is a long process! Your ongoing financial support makes it possible for Rosa to fight for her freedom and for immigration reform for all. Sign up for automatic monthly support through Paypal, or make a one-time donation through Paypal or Rosa’s GoFundMe page.

Rep. Scott Tipton represents Colorado District 3

El Día de los Muertos celebration, Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m.

Did you know that UNESCO declared The Day of The Dead as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity? As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día delos Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones.

This is an invitation to join me to celebrate and honor OUR ANIMAS (souls) who have left us with an Altar de Muertos, and practicing some of the traditional rituals on this special day. Bring a picture of your loved ones, including pets, or a special item or charm in remembrance of them, bring a candle.

We will offer face painting and some refreshments. You are welcome to bring a snack to share!

Saturday, November 2nd at 4pm
Mancos United Methodist Church

Saturday, June 22, 4-7 p.m.



Saturday, June 22nd from 4-7pm

Please join me (Rosa Sabido) to mark my 2 years in Sanctuary and to celebrate the Community that has welcomed me with open arms and giving me an overwhelming support in every way.

The Vigil and Fundraiser will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Church grounds with music by the amazing band and dear friends LET THEM ROAR from Carbondale, CO, activities for kids, face painting and if you wish to share your talents or a reflection, you are welcome to do so, this will be a time of freedom to express yourself.

A light potluck will be offered (salads, fruits, snacks, etc.) and bringing a dish is optional.

An Altar of Freedom will be set up if you would like to bring an spiritual offering of any kind.

You can stop by at any time during the Vigil, you will always be welcome.

This event is FREE.

Location: Mancos United Methodist Church (470 W. Grand Ave)

I hope to see you all here soon!!!

UPDATE: Due to illness, The High Desert String Quartet concert has been POSTPONED


Friends – 

We are so sorry to inform you that the High Desert String Quartet benefit for Rosa Sabido this evening has been postponed due to illness. It is rescheduled for Sunday, June 30 at 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Mancos and all of us sincerely hope you can join us then. 
We are all deeply sorry for the inconvenience to you, and will gladly refund anyone’s ticket who cannot make our new date. We so appreciate your support!
Thank you and hope to see you soon, 
The High Desert String Quartet – Annie, Kris, Tonilyn and Dani
Classical music with a purpose! All proceeds to benefit Rosa Sabido and the Sanctuary Movement in this debut concert of the High Desert String Quartet based in Mancos, CO!
Sunday, June 30, 4:00pm
Mancos United Methodist Church

470 W. Grand Ave, Mancos, CO

Dvorak No. 12 in F major (“American”) & Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat major op. 12

Annie Seder and Kris Abrams, Violins
Tonilyn Saletta, Viola
Dani Long, Cello

TICKETS: On sale now at Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos and St. Barnabas Church in Cortez. Suggested donation $25; sliding scale in advance $10-$50; $15-$50 at the door.

New to classical music? Don’t be shy! We’ll talk briefly about each piece and also give you some context that pertains to the present day. For example, did you know that German composer Felix Mendelssohn was attacked for being Jewish and “effeminate,” and excluded from the German classical music canon after his death? We will discuss this and more. Come learn and enjoy this beautiful music as we seek to create an inclusive community.

FREE WORKSHOP: Social Justice Fundraising

Monday, April 1

Potluck at 5:30 p.m.
Workshop, 6-8 p.m.

Fundraising has been a big challenge for us over the past almost two years of Sanctuary. This creates a lot of stress for Rosa, as well as for us as a group. To help, Kris Abrams will be offering a skill building workshop for Rosa’s supporters.

Topics addressed will include

  • Overcoming our fears of asking for money
  • Practical skills for making the asks
  • Finding and practicing your unique style

Benefits of the training

  • Helping Rosa to exhale
  • Empowering our group with new skills and strategies
  • Learning skills that will benefit whatever cause you are involved in in the future (2020 election, anyone?)
  • Helping you to gain freedom around issues of money

We envision this as the first in a series of skill-building workshops to revitalize the group. We are really excited about it!


Please RSVP to by Sunday, March 31.

About Kris

Kris raised $1.5 million for Boulder-based community radio station, KGNU, in 7 months. She was the Director of Individual Giving at Global Green Grants Fund, an international environmental organization, and she coordinated individual giving at Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights. We’re really thrilled she’s agreed to share her experience and knowledge with us!

Día de Muertos + Vigil for 500 Days in Sanctuary, 3 p.m., Saturday, 11/10.

Rosa will be creating an altar for everyone to share their photos and ofrendas for their deceased relatives and pets. There will also be a cemetery to place headstones labeled with the “things” in this world we would like to see die — fear, racism, oppression, hatred, captivity, apathy, and more.

What is the “Day of the Dead” all about?

Here are a few links to learn more:

La Calavera Catrina:

There will be information sharing about the next steps in the effort to allow Rosa to leave sanctuary. She recently passed 500 days in sanctuary. There will be time for people to ask questions about the next steps and what has been happening recently.

This is a Mexican-themed potluck! Please bring a dish to share. Costumes are highly encouraged!