Refugee Resettlement

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do for these brothers,
strangers as they are … 3 John 1:5

Refugees11.28.2021   Our recent Afghan family – Amanullah and Sabera , their daughters, Hadia (15), Behna (14), Hasti (11) and son, Kayarsh (6). Except for Kayarsh, they all speak English well and are ready to immerse themselves into the community. They have an apartment in Fremont, and thanks to monetary donations and items you shipped to us, they are comfortable in their new home. We will continue to work with them and IRC.

All these Afghan families continue to need our prayers for the safety of their relatives and friends who have not been able to leave the country.

Thanks to many donors and items donated from the parish, our Refugee Resettlement Team will be able to continue to help more families get settled into new homes in the Bay Area.

September 2021 we were able to support the following families:

The Safi family of five (parents and three boys ages 3, 6 & 8) resides in a two bedroom apartment in Sunnyvale. We were able to provide basic home needs: kitchen table and chairs, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, bedroom linens, a sleeper sofa and TV and stand.

The Monzoor family of six has settled in a two bedroom apartment in Fremont just a few blocks from the Hub. Zahedullah and Zaheer are twelve year old twins, Akseer is 8 and Rashid is 3.5 years old. Our team provided 2 sofas, dining table and chairs, computer, printer, computer table and rug, blankets, bedding, two bikes and bike helmets.

The Anwari family were set up in a small apartment with no kitchen in San Jose that proved too small for the family of five. We were able to help them find a larger apartment in Fremont and furnished it with donated dining table and chairs, two couches, TV and stand, a coffee table, rug, computer chair, dishes and kitchen items, bunk beds and linens and a king size bed with storage, TV and stand.

The young Nazari couple needed a couch and table. We were able to give them a sleeper couch, dining room set and lamp.

These are only four families who recently fled from Afghanistan. They have told us of family and friends still there: fathers and brothers who are hiding from the Taliban. Many worked for the United States in some capacity and are being hunted; others were judges who sent Taliban prisoners to jail and those released prisoners are now looking for those judges; and so many others who just want to get away from the Taliban rule that includes no education for girls and burkas for women.

Our team will continue to assist families from any country in the future through the International Refugee Committee (IRC). All refugees and immigrants are in need of our help and prayers.

“Let brotherly love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,

for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:1-2

To help these families with expenses, please make monetary donations payable to St. Joseph Parish with a memo to “The Refugee Committee”. If you would like to join the parish Refugee Resettlement Team, please contact Bill Norwalk (bnorwalk@ssfllp.com or 510-710-1712).