“In a time when national debate about immigration rarely focuses on the people involved, this was a deeply refreshing chronicle…”

“…captures a profound sense of what is possible
when people set out to do simple things and create human connections.”

Through true and deeply moving stories, No Longer Strangers captures the difficult lives of undocumented farmworkers
in coastal Northern California — always asking:
What is the compassionate response to their plight?

Video created by Citizen Film to celebrate Puente de la Costa Sur
receiving The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award in 2004.

It started simply. The pastor stood outside her church and greeted the workers as they came in from the fields. She spoke to them in Spanish and they responded. Soon a bridge was forged.

This is the true story of a rural community in Northern California who awakened to the migrant farm workers in their community—and chose to embrace them. Led by one extraordinary woman who was bolstered by her deep and abiding faith, the community offered “radical hospitality” to the strangers in their midst. And in doing so, they discovered an important truth—that our common humanity binds us all.

Rev. Wendy J. Taylor is the founder of Puente de la Costa Sur community service agency in Pescadero, CA. A retired pastor in the United Church of Christ and a spiritual advisor, she resides with her wife, Ellen, in the Pacific Northwest.

Margaret Kimball Cross is a writer and award-winning community activist from Waterloo, Iowa. She resides with her husband, Peter, in Northern California.

Rev. Taylor welcomes the opportunity to share with interested audiences
the experiences—and the human face—of
migrant farm workers in Northern California.
To inquire about speaking engagements, contact the author at