Reposted from @stltoday Nine months after the first Afghan refugees arrived in St. Louis, dozens of families gathered Saturday to celebrate new homes, new jobs and new friends.
The day’s storms pushed the picnic indoors, to the gymnasium at Ste. Genevieve du Bois parish in Warson Woods. Ann Wittman, a volunteer with @welcomeneighborstl, raised her voice above the din of conversations, mostly in Pashto, to greet the crowd.
“Now is the time to take a breath and say ‘thank you, God’ for our blessings,” Wittman told them.
The International Institute of St. Louis announced this month that it had placed almost 600 Afghan families in permanent housing, the first of many hurdles the refugees face as they restart their lives in the U.S.
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