Congratulations to Team TLC NYC Director Ilze Thielmann, winner of a Kindness is Cool award from the Luisa Diaz Foundation 


Ilze was honored at the MAG Gala 2023 at the Plaza, 768 5th Avenue NYC, on May 18. 

Team TLC NYC is an all-volunteer organization that has been greeting and assisting asylum seekers arriving in NYC since June 2019. Founded by Vinnie Elizabeth, who was inspired by Team Brownsville, and later led by Margaret Seiler, TTLC ramped up in 2022 under Ilze’s leadership.


More than 25,000 asylum seekers have moved through the city’s intake system in the last year alone. Team TLC NYC has been on the ground greeting them since day one.

Team TLC NYC is a Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden, Inc. group. Grannies Respond is a national, all volunteer 501(c)3 organization that has been assisting asylum-seekers in over 14 states across the U.S. since August 2018.