Ali (name changed) is from Syria. He and his parents fled the horrors of violence and war. US Together brought them to Ohio, and maybe for the first time is his life, this little boy is safe.
The Executive Order on Travel Ban, Immigration and Refugees indefinitely stops refugee resettlement for families like his; and halts the US Resettlement Program altogether for 120 days. 120 days is a life time in refugees' world. These families have survived torture, violence, persecution, ruthless bombings, loss of loved ones, endless walks to safety without water and food, and endured many years in refugee camps waiting for a country to take them in.
Our hearts are broken for those refugees who cannot come, and we are worried whether those who are now cleared to arrive will make it to the US, while this Executive Order is on hold because of Courts' orders. However, families who are already here, are in jeopardy as well. The Administration has reduced the number of arriving refugees by 60%, after the 120 days pause expires.
Consequentially, our budget is virtually non-existent to serve new arrivals, and is dramatically limited to help those who have arrived even two years ago. It means that our ability to serve this little boy and his family is now dangerously inadequate – we simply do not have funds to provide life- saving and poverty prevention services to refugee and immigrant families. We will not be able to help enroll Ali in day care, interpret for him and his family, help his parents find jobs, or ensure his family’s full access to healthcare.
This fundraiser is our plea for help on behalf of refugees. Throughout the history, the United States has been a leader in refugee protection and a beacon of hope for persecuted people of the world. During this unprecedented world refugee crisis, we should be doing more, not less, to offer safety and a new beginning to these families who lost everything and want nothing more than to live in peace. Your donations will support essential services, such as intensive medical case management, rent and utilities assistance, transportation, and child care. Please hurry - by the end of March our funds will dry up. We will do our best to continue serving, but there is only so much we can do.