A family of 4 from Colombia had crossed the border to seek asylum because their lives were threatened. They had nowhere to go and their housing situation was desperate.
Catholic Charities had a vacancy at Mother Teresa House, one of their transitional housing program for immigrants and refugees.
They quickly started to prepare the home to welcome the family. Local volunteers helped patched up a leaky roof, cleaned the rooms, mopped the floors, made the beds, and did some grocery shopping for the family.
The family was very grateful when they saw the space. The children have bikes they can ride. They also have a garden to grow their own vegetables and herbs.
The new family was also able to connect with another family from Colombia who lived at the same house last year. Together, they talked about their experiences and went grocery shopping together.
The father said he is very glad to have a safe and quiet place for his family to stay as they begin a new life.
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