As you can imagine, the family has (another) very challenging transition in front of them. While they have expressed their appreciation for the support they have received from folks here in Connecticut since they moved here in November, they have told us they have been lonely, and that the attraction of living in a community with extended family and with a concentration of other African refugees in Grand Rapids is a powerful one. They have also expressed that it is extremely expensive to live in Connecticut, and they have been concerned that they would have trouble making ends meet in our area for the long term.
IPRR, our interfaith group comprised of six faith communities, has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the members of the family, and learned much along the way. The family has added so much to our lives and we will miss them a great deal! Our heartfelt prayers go with the family as enter the next phase of their resettlement journey as they put down roots in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the weeks and months ahead.
IPRR met on Tuesday evening, April 18th at Trinity to share what we've learned and experienced together in our work with the family since November, and to talk about the future of IPRR, including a discussion of whether we see resettling another refugee family as part of our future. Stay tuned for more details!