A Minivan for Haseeb and Family
Posted July 13, 2022
Several weeks ago, the Refugee Resettlement Ministry reached out to you about an Afghan family of seven—and now eight, with the recent arrival of a baby girl.
We had three primary tasks:
- To help the father, Haseeb, a civil engineer and a former high-ranking official in Afghanistan’s EPA (and for that reason, a target of the Taliban) find a job.
- To help this large family acquire a used minivan.
- To connect Haseeb to a member of Congress in our area to assist in the application process for long-term residency.
We’re happy to report that, with the help of the congregation, we’ve accomplished all three tasks. We raised close to $21,000 to purchase a used Honda minivan and, thanks to a tip from a parishioner, the father has a position as a research scientist at Drexel University. We were also able to collaborate with HIAS and congressional staff to assist with the application process.
We are also thankful to the generous contribution of both time and funds of Afghan Rising and the support of members of our Deanery.
One quick note: Haseeb purchased a $2,700 three-year warranty on the minivan. We’re still accepting donations to help defray those costs. You can donate here.
We could not be more thankful for your generosity. Bless you all for your kindness!
The Refugee Resettlement Ministry Team
Mims Maynard Zabriskie
Launched in 2016, the Refugee Resettlement Ministry at St. Martin’s was created out of concern by several members of the parish about the global refugee crisis, particularly coming out of Syria. St. Martin’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry joins with leaders of faith communities, secular organizations, and citizens in the Philadelphia area to resettle refugees in a safe, secure, and welcoming environment.