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MEET OUR ADOPTED FAMILY FROM SYRIA!

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The Wagon Circle Outreach Team had the opportunity to meet with this amazing family this week. Our goal as a group is to help provide them with material items and financial assistance, as well as welcoming them into our country, helping them assimilate, and making lasting friendships with the.

They are a lovely 3 generational family that live in apartments across the street from each other in City Heights. They left Syria in 2013, and spent some time in Lebanon and then 3 years in Jordan before arriving in the US last summer. They are relatively settled and adapting to their new life here.

In one apartment live the grandparents (Ameen and Faten) and their 34 year old daughter (Muna), who is legally blind and intellectually disabled. In the other apartment live their 38 year old son/brother (Ayman), his wife (Salam) and their 3 children, Mohammad, age 9, Ayatalla, age 8, and Majd, age 5. They are also expecting a baby this summer! The children are adorable and are doing very well learning English and making friends in school. The adults are also taking classes to learn English. They were very sweet to us and very appreciative of our intentions.

Our first meeting with them focused on getting to know them and understanding their needs, both immediate and long term and to ask about what things they might want as well. We will be collecting items for their most immediate needs and are planning on meeting with them again the week of March 20 to make our first delivery. 

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UPDATE ON OUR WONDERFUL FAMILY!

Liz and Nancy meet for the second time with our adopted family from Syria, the Alshaars. We delivered the items donated by the Wagon Circle members, (Thanks to you all for your awesome and generous donations!) and gave them the cards that we made. Some of the items donated that were not needed by our family were given to other refugee families. It was a very fun and hectic visit, lots of unpacking, sorting, assembling, playing, etc…. We started at the grandparent’s home. The boys (Mohammed and Madj) were both there waiting for us too, and they helped us carry in everything. While there we started the process of getting Muna connected with Regional Center in SD. They have lots of services that she may benefit from, so we are hoping it will work out. They made Syrian food for us, which included homemade kibbeh and fresh yogurt. Such a treat. Then we went across the street to the home of Ayman and Salam, and their 3 kids (Mohammed, 9, Aya, 8, and Madj, 5). The new baby is due in July, and they don’t yet know if it will be a boy or a girl. This time we met Aya, the 8 year old girl who wasn’t home for our first visit. She was quiet with us, but we learned that she loves Cinderella. The boys seemed more comfortable with us, and loved their new remote controlled cars. We are hoping to plan a park date in the near future, so stay tuned.