Welcoming Home an Afghani Family
Welcoming Home was once again able to help an Afghani refugee family who had just come to the U.S. The father was a civil engineer in Kabul, who also served as a translator for the American military there.
For their first four months in the U.S., they couch surfed with family members until they were finally able to find an apartment with the help of an Interfaith group. When we first visited them the apartment was completely empty, except for some blankets on the floor. We quickly provided a Starter Kit of new beds, folding table and chairs, pots/pans, plates and silverware.
The Dad's goal is to get a job as quickly as possible so that he can begin to support his family again.
Three weeks after visiting the family, we fully furnished and outfitted their apartment. The family was excited to see their "new" place when they returned home that day. They were especially happy to see a beautiful toddler bed given by a generous donor right next to their own bed and were touched by the toy chest that volunteers at our community partner non-profit, Make it Home had totally refurbished and re-upholstered.
And ... great news! The Dad told us he had just been offered a job as a civil engineer! So, the family is well on their way to a fresh start.
Many thanks to the Santa Rosa donors who pulled together to make this furnishing happen. And to Oliver's Market Cotati for providing great sandwiches for the four volunteers who set the apartment up in a little over three hours.
We wish all our volunteers, donors and partners a very happy holiday season and look forward to being able to help more neighbors in need with your help next year.
The Welcoming Home Team