An exciting update from two of the amazing Resettlement Committee co-chairs:
"HUSSIEN FAMILY ARRIVES!
On Tuesday evening, we met the Hussien family at the airport.There were hugs and kisses and tears of joy.
What did the Hussiens see when they first walked into their new home to begin their lives in our great community? Every room was beautifully furnished with donated goods, and their fridge and pantry were fully stocked. Closets were filled with freshly washed clothes and shoes in the right sizes, and their beds were made with clean sheets and decorative pillows. There was a professionally prepared welcome packet to introduce them to our three congregations, their new town, and nearby mosques, and it also included a welcome letter from students at Columbia High School. The Hussiens walked into a home that radiated with love!
The Hussiens insisted that we join them for their first meal in their new home, provided by our volunteers. As we broke bread together, their youngest child happily played with the toys she found waiting for her in her new room.
We continue to be inspired by the tremendous outflowing of financial and volunteer support. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped prepare the home for arrival by moving and sorting donated items, cleaning cabinets and delivering food. We continue to work on building the family’s support structure, and have meetings planned with school registrars, guidance counselors, social services, doctors, and financial planners. Members from the three synagogues will provide dinners for the first three weeks, and volunteers will help get the family to appointments and run errands.
This is only the beginning of our journey to help the Hussiens adjust. This effort has not only brought our three congregations closer together, but the community at large. We have members on our teams from all religious backgrounds enthusiastically working together. This project has given us a genuine reason to reach across religious barriers with the simple goal of helping a family of five find peace, happiness and success in our community. We are all the better for it.
- Ora Warmflash and Liba Beyer, SOMA Refugee Resettlement Committee"
Status updated: Jan 18, 2017