Raising Rent Money for two Kurdish Families
Organized by: Mary Rathlev
We read about the refugee crisis sweeping across North Africa and Europe and lament the suffering and loss of life that accompanies it and then ask, "Is there something that can be done?” Well in fact there is.
Our son, a former Save the Children worker in Kurdistan, agreed to sponsor a family escaping the violence of the region. After a multi-year approval process by the United States government, this family (husband, wife and son) obtained lawful refugee status and permission to enter the U.S. They arrived on our doorstep in February with only those possessions they could carry. Their brother and his wife and son arrived ten days later. The designated relief agency, Catholic Charities, based in Arlington, Virginia assisted them with obtaining housing, official identification papers, and relocation funds that amount to about a sixty day stipend. This temporary funding essentially covers their rent and utilities until they can find employment. As you can imagine, the knowledge of this limited funding overwhelms the families as they face the daunting task of daily job applications. Your contribution to Crowdrise will provide the two families with a lifeline of support to cover the gap between exhausting their relocation funds and earning a living.
A contribution of any amount will go a long way toward ensuring that the new Kurdish-American families will be able to shed their refugee status and begin a successful life in this country.