First Afghanistan Refugees Arriving in Owensboro This Weekend

The International Center in Owensboro is set to welcome two male Afghanistan Refugees this weekend. If you would like to help welcome arrivals, the center is searching for volunteers and mentors.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 6:08 PM

The International Center in Owensboro says two male Afghanistan Refugees will arrive in Owensboro as early as tomorrow.

Site Director Anna Allen says, although they were aware Refugees would be coming in, they can not prepare until they get the travel notice. "After we get the travel notice, usually there's about a 10-day heads up. From there, we have to find an apartment, get first-months rent paid, find volunteers to help move furniture, so all they have to do is walk in the apartment"

Each arrival will be assigned a case worker, who will act as their guide for the first 90 days. The case worker will assist with housing, social services, and enrolling children in school, and parents in language courses. Officials say after the 90 days are up, programs are still available for the first 5 years. The center will also help with resettlement, but enrolling everyone in 15 cultural orientation classes, along with a health and wellness program.

The center has been accepting donations since September, and say they will continue to do that until May 2022. Right now, they are also in search of American families to act as a mentor to some of the arrivals.

Click Here to Volunteer/Mentor

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