Welcoming Two New Refugee Families
Our New Americans Committee and friends welcomed two new families from Afghanistan.
The Sadat Family arrived on February 8 and the Amiris on February 22. Both families are working very hard to get acclimated to their new life in America, thanks to the numerous volunteers who have helped in many ways.
The Khojas are thriving; the younger girls are doing well in school; the 4 adult kids are working and studying; and the parents are learning English.
A special thanks to the volunteers who are tutoring Hadreen, Narin, and Abdulla and helping Suzan with her writing.
Finally, the Abdulhamids, the first family from Syria we began to help are also doing well. The boys are busy in school; Ahmad is working; and Mayada has recently obtained her driving license. A book with her recipes and stories will be published in September; more info can be found at www.breadandsaltbetweenus.org.
New York Times: For Volunteers in New York, a Tumultuous Wait for a Refugee Family
The New York Times reported on the Khoja Family’s harrowing journey to the United States and Rutgers’ support of their resettlement, amid the executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering the country. Rutgers volunteers continued to prepare the apartment for the Khojas’ arrival, as the travel ban upended the Khojas’ travel plans. Eventually, about 50 volunteers greeted the Khojas as they arrived at JFK Airport in New York.