Last year St Leander committed to help a refugee
family in conjunction with Catholic Charities of the East
Bay, and in response to the urging of our Pope Francis
and our Bishop Michael.
About that time, a generous Catholic donor purchased
a condo in San Leandro to help new refugees settle for
their first six months in the States. Our family was a
benefactor of that generosity and has lived there since
they arrived in early March.
Now, Hafeez Sharifullah, his wife Fatima, and their
two boys need to find and rent their own apartment
or guest house.
A two-bedroom unit would be ideal. But, this family is
also accustomed to living in a one-bedroom home in
Afghanistan. If you or anyone you know has knowledge
of or access to an affordable apartment or guest house to
rent, please contact Val Kinavey at 510 502-0157,
Important: The family will need to relocate by the end
of September. There are two high priorities at this time:
finding a full-time job for Hafeez, and finding a place for
the family to live. If any of our volunteers has a lead on
either job or housing, please contact Lorin Peters
(510-207-6720) or Valerie Kinavey (510-502-0157).
Hafeez continues to go to the Lao Family Center in
Oakland for social services, especially assistance with
finding a job. He continues to work on weekends as a
security guard at a restaurant in Fremont. On July 7, he
passed the written exam at the DMV, so now he can
begin taking driving lessons. Fatima is progressing in her
English skills. The boys finished school in June, and
Hamed began four weeks of summer school.
Thank you for your help and consideration.