Bahati and Antony are settled into their first-floor apartment. Antony rides his bike in the neighborhood and plays in the park across the street. He is registered to attend Davison Elementary School which is a Detroit school located in Hamtramck. Bahati has begun her early job readiness orientation and looks forward to internet service starting on the 19th so that she can continue her online English classes.
Walengamina is attending English classes through Samaritas and iAmerica. She enjoys having another Congolese family living across the street. Raphael starts 9th grade at Hamtramck High School and Feza will start Headstart preschool after Labor Day.
Both families have working bikes, helmets, and locks and have been using them to get around Hamtramck. They have a very nice market that they can walk to and are grateful for their market carts to haul groceries home.
Antony and Feza attended Hope’s Vacation Bible School and Raphael came too as a helper. They loved the songs, games, and crafts. All five New American friends came to the Sunday worship service and ice cream social as well.
A handful of Hope members took both families for a zoo outing to celebrate Feza’s 4th birthday followed by a trip to an African restaurant in Detroit.
The Refugee and Immigration Committee has been especially busy trying to schedule and transport to innumerable doctor appointments, many before school starts for the children. Beginning this week, we will start collecting fall and winter clothing for all five new American family members. Keep your eye on the signup genius to know how you can help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45aaac2ca75-newamerican. Signup genius is constantly being updated to reflect current needs so get into the habit of checking it often.
Next meeting of the Refugee and Immigration Committee: Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm at HOPE. All are welcome.