Our Success Stories

We are continuing our work during the Covid-19 pandemic and are assisting a family of four from El Salvador. Our appointments and meetings with them have been over zoom. We have provided household items, warm clothing, ESL tutoring, gift cards and groceries as they get started in the US during this difficult time.

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In January, 2020, our Committee began the resettlement process with another Afghan SIV family of six fleeing the Taliban. Princeton Theological Seminary provided a beautiful temporary home while our committee furnished their apartment, enrolled the children in school and are providing ESL. We've helped them find work during the Covid-19 pandemic, moved them into affordable housing and continue to provide tutoring.

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Our committee is assistng a refugee from Eritrea who arrived in 2019. She is a local hero working in a nursing home hard hit by Covid-19. We provided ESL lessons and helped her find a job she could walk to. She has dreams of studying for her nursing degree and has finished a CNA course. We funded driving lessons and a generous donor provided a car.

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In 2018 we took on another Pakistani refugee family also fleeing religious persecution. We were once again able to enlist the generous support of our local South Asian community to help us with interpretation services. In just five months, the parents and their young-adult son all had jobs and the son, who had to abandon his formal education in eighth grade, completed Mercer County Community College's High School Equivalency program! With the support of our team and scholarships, he began studying as an eager student at MCCC in the fall of 2019.

Thanks to their employment, the family has moved into affordable housing. Through our volunteers and their networks, the family has received everything they needed to set up their new apartment. They are studying English, working hard in our local community and applying for their Green Cards with the help of a local attorney. We continue to support them as needed. Driving lessons and a car have been provided.

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Our committee is in touch with a newly approved refugee from Burma. He still has several steps to go through in the refugee process before he gets his travel approval and tickets to come to the US, but once he does, we hope to help him resettle, as he has friends living in the area.

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The US government is currently resettling families who helped our military in Afghanistan and Iraq. They qualify for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and also need help establishing new lives in the US. Our committee is assisting one such family to advance their lives. We helped them move to the Princeton area in 2018 and provided a computer and a second car. We are providing math and social studies tutoring for the mother as she studies for her High School Equivalency exam, and our jobs team is supporting the father as he looks for better employment with benefits.

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In 2018, our committee provided a gift card to a Tibetan asylum seeker to fund the purchase of gifts to send to her children.

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In 2017, our committee also worked with a climate refugee family from St. John--we furnished a townhouse for them, helped the Dad with hourly work until he was employed full-time and enrolled the teen-age daughter in a local teen program.

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At the request of Princeton Human Services, from 2016-2019, our committee supported a domestic violence survivor and her two children from Cameroon as they transitioned to living in the US. We helped them find housing and we provided rental assistance and tutoring in math and ESL. We helped the mom find work and we provided tuition for English and math classes at Mercer County Community College. Our volunteers stepped up to drive her to class and provide babysitting for the children.

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We began in 2015 by resettling a Pakistani family of three fleeing religious persecution in their country. For three months we were able to provide interpretation services thanks to members of our local Pakistani and Indian communities. We helped the family connect to their religious community in the area, and provided them all the cultural, English, medical, and job support services a refugee family needs upon arrival.

This support provided in Princeton gave them a good start in the US. They decided to move to the Midwest to be closer to Pakistani friends resettled there. They remain in contact with us, expressing their gratitude for all we provided to get them started in their new life.

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In 2019 we were asked to assist another Afghan SIV family in the Princeton area. We've provided food for their first six weeks in this country and rides to medical appointments. We've also provided winter clothing, a TV, laptop, crib, various baby items, a bike, helmet and a bike lock.

We also gathered furnishings and furniture for still another Afghan SIV family to start theire new life in this country.

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