FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WKBT) – Operation Allies Welcome today launched a website, providing resources to refugees and Americans seeking to help them.
Welcome.US, a one-stop-shop type website, provides information and volunteer opportunities for the community, as well as resources for refugees. It also offers answers to frequently asked questions about refugee screening and resettlement processes.
âWe believe that welcoming and welcoming Afghan refugees embodies the best of the American spirit. We have seen it time and time again throughout our country’s history, âsaid Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
The initiative is bipartisan and works in partnership with federal, state and local officials, the press release said. Americans are encouraged to register to donate or host on its website.
âAmericans know from experience that when people flee their country, they will need help settling into their new home,â said Cecelia MuÃ±oz, co-founder of Welcome.us.
General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, wants people to know that the Afghan people are not that different.
âThey were welcoming, they were part of the team,â said McChrystal. “They were people like you and me, with different backgrounds and backgrounds.”
The website also crosses language barriers to help refugees themselves.
âWe are also including resources through USAHello and (Refugee Council) USA to newly arrived Afghans in the United States in English, Dari and Pashto,â said Welcome.us co-founder John Bridgeland.
âThey have to come to a place that says, okay. You are welcome here. You are safe here. We can help you take care first, then take care of yourself, and over time take care of other Americans, âsaid McChrystal.
The website also connects Americans to their allies with stories about the Afghan people and others who help them.
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