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Afghanistan: Resettlement and How You Can Help in Michigan

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is putting the lives of millions of people at risk. As the dangerous situation unfolds, the U.S. has been relocating SIV applicants to Virginia for processing before being resettled in communities across the country - like here in Michigan.

Samaritas and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) are organizing the safe resettlement of refugees. Within the next 6 to 12 months, Samaritas is expecting an increase in refugees due to ongoing humanitarian crises around the world, and we are in desperate need for housing.

  • HELP FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING: There is an urgent need to find housing. Housing options can be either temporary/transitional or permanent. For more info:
  • NEW AMERICANS PROGRAM: Volunteer to join a team that helps warmly welcome new families. There are variety of ways to help: Finding housing, supplying furniture, securing transportation, tutoring children, teaching language classes, professional mentorship, supplying groceries and other necessities, helping with paperwork, driving to shopping trips and appointments. For more info:

There are currently 26.4 million refugees in the world. Over half of them are children; hundreds of thousands of them are children traveling alone. These three boys fled violence and persecution in Afghanistan, undertook perilous journeys with their families, and landed in the refugee camp in Greece where I met them. Their future is uncertain, and their past is gone forever. This precarious position could understandably inspire fear, mistrust, and despair. Yet so often it is the children who are able to rise above the rhetoric of fear and show us all what humanity really means.

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Freedom House Detroit
Freedom House Detroit is a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, providing safety for those "yearning to breathe free."

  • SPONSOR A SEEKER: Make a monetary donation to help Freedom House provide services and temporary housing to indigent survivors of persecution from around the globe. For more info:

Zaman International
Zaman is in contact with local resettlement agencies and is poised to provide basic needs resources, case management, and vocational training for Afghan refugees arriving to Michigan.

Collecting:

  • supplies,
  • clothing,
  • and monetary donations.

Also recruiting bilingual translators.

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