Returned Peace Corps
Volunteers of South Florida

Refugee Resettlement


From David Garcia,  President of RPCVSF,


Friends,


Steve Rawlins  ( presently asssisting an Afghan Family in Miami ) recently  discovered some important information concerning Afghan Refugees and I wanted to pass this to all of our members. Below please find a brief note Steve wrote about the Afghan Adjustment Act and how it will affect the families our teams of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are helping here in Miami. Below you will also find a note  concerning a recent Afghan assistance panel held in Colorado.


I am sending you this information to ask you to contact your Government Representatives and urge them to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act.  The Attachments below include   Key Points to help you with your message.


     

The most recent legislation they are trying to get passed is the Afghan Adjustment Act.  One of the aims of this legislation is to speed up the process by which Afghan refugees are granted permanent status in the U.S.  Now they are on temporary status which means I suppose they could be expelled if they do not get permanent status.  I think that is probably where our family is at.  If you look at there ID's you see that they are only authorized through sometime in 2023.  So, getting permanent status is important for them.


Anyway, the attached documents explain better than I can.  It also urges us to contact our senators and representative to support the passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act.  



-----Original Message-----
From: Joel Davidow <joel.davidow@gmail.com>
To: antinarell@aol.com
Sent: Tue, May 24, 2022 10:48 pm
Subject: Followup: Afghan Resettlement to Colorado

Hello Steve,


Thank you for attending the panel discussion on Afghan Resettlement to Colorado! A recording of the panel is available here.


Please send your US Senators and US Representative a message asking them to support the Afghan Adjustment Act.


The last attachment titled "Afghanistan Evacuation Brief" is a longer document that summarizes the background and need for an Afghan Adjustment Act, provides a timeline of events related to withdrawal from Afghanistan, outlines pathways that were used to evacuate Afghans, and lists some relevant news items. I hope you find this brief informative.


Please share the link to the recording and the attached documents with your friends and networks.


Thanks again for your interest in this important and on-going issue,

Joel Davidow

Panel Organizer


Support the Afghan Adjustment Act.pdf


Afghanistan Evacuation Brief.pdf

14APR22 Team Two Report - RPCV CS 2

The past two months have been fun, exciting and a great learning opportunity for all us RAA volunteers and the family members we have been assigned to.

We are supporting a family of four with Asma and Muhammad the parents and their two very cute and energetic children, Fawad (6) and Laila (4). With the help of our team member, Sitara, who knows Pashto (the Afghan language our family speaks) we have learned that everyone in the house is very excited and motivated to learn English and learn more about life in the United States.

 

Our team has been able to donate a laptop to them, which they will use to take English classes, a few volunteers are working on getting the children enrolled in school, others are supporting with medical needs and others have brought the family to Goodwill to buy essential home items and have invited them over for dinner during Ramadan! Others have made pop-in visits with donated food from the Coconut Grove Food Pantry and spent time with Asma and the children playing at a nearby park.

 

We are excited to gather as a team and family next Thursday, 4/21 at fellow volunteer, Helene’s home for a pizza and pool party. While tackling the logistical work and nitty gritty of life in the United States, we have also tried to incorporate fun things for the family to get to know the culture. This will be their first time trying pizza!

 

We have raised $1,700 of our $5,000 goal thanks to you, RPCVSF members and friends!  

 

Our friend-raising and fund-raising efforts will not stop here. In the coming weeks and months, The RPCVSF board members, RAA team members, and others plan to bring forth a number of dynamic and fun ways to engage.

 

If you would like more info. On just how your donation is used, contact dgarcia53@yahoo.com

 

Click Below to donate and help us reach our goal.


https://www.refugeeassistancealliance.org/donate-now 


   12APR22 Team One Report - RPCV CS 1


Over the past two months, RPCVSF Team 1 has made tremendous forward progress in assisting Afghan families to resettle in South Florida. Najib and Rabia and their three kids are adapting to their new life. The husband and father Najib started a job at a nearby bakery and after only a few weeks on the job he was named Employee of the Month for his great work ethic and positive personality. Najib has a bike to get back and forth to work.


Our team has donated and delivered furniture to their new apartment including providing the necessary essentials to shape up their place and transition smoothly. Also, our team visits with the family weekly to take them to medical appointments also to just sit and talk with them.


The  family went on an outing to Brickell utilizing the free City of Miami trolley with our team members to explore some new exciting places. Most recently, our team has provided the  family with a laptop to engage in some fun educational activities. We have raised $3,700 of our $5,000 goal thanks to you, RPCVSF members and friends!!!  

Our friend-raising and fund-raising efforts will not stop here. In the coming weeks and months, The RPCVSF board members, RAA team members, and others plan to bring forth a number of dynamic and fun ways to engage.


If you would like more info. On just how your donation is used, contact dgarcia53@yahoo.com


Click Below to donate and help us reach our goal.
  1.  https://www.refugeeassistancealliance.org/donate-now



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