Welcoming “The Stranger” to Alabama
Since December 2021, eighty-six special immigrant visa holders, humanitarian parolees and refugees have some to Alabama from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Sudan and Yemen. Supported by Inspiritus, SHPC’s care team walks with one family as they adjust to life in America after fleeing Afghanistan last year. The Akbary family now has stable housing, employment for the father, kindergarten for the older son, and transportation. The family has come a long way since December but they still have lots of new things to navigate.
There’s also a group of South Highlanders teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).
If you want to be directly involved, there’s a place for you. Donations are the backbone of services provided: money, home furnishings, transportation and time, including assistance with moving furniture and home setup. There are both urgent and ongoing needs. Please email Lee Cooper or Laura Chapman to learn more and get connected with this mission of welcoming compassion.