German, Syrian, Iranian, American...these labels evaporate when we reach out with our hands and with our hearts...and we become brothers and sisters supporting each other.
Olaf devotes many hours and lots of brain time to helping and supporting the 150 refugees just across the park from his home. A wonderful, quiet man, he brought all of his fellow-volunteers roses the first time I met him!
Over the last year we have developed close relationships built on mutual trust with many of the families we help. We know their names, their personal stories, and individual needs. We are fully aware that our donations are only a temporary band aid for a larger problem. A bag of groceries only goes so far, and they will be back the following Saturday for more. Sometimes, though, we can make a bigger impact in someone’s life.
Selfies with friends. Shurooq and Sasha enjoy shopping together.
Suzanne Kaufman’s colorful illustrations are a delightful pair to Alaxandra Penfold’s narrative stating “all are welcome here,” no matter one's appearance or background.