Our first family is from Syria, consisting of a father, mother, and their 4 children. The father worked as a glass factory manager in Syria and the mother was a homemaker. The mother attended college prior to the war and studied English, which she speaks very well. The family fled to Jordan in 2013, and spent 3 months in a camp, and then were able to live in the city where they stayed for 3 years awaiting their application to be approved for refugee resettlement. The parents were not allowed to work in Jordan, but the children were able to attend school. The youngest child was born in Jordan. They were approved for resettlement and came to the US in July 2016. The 3 older children started school soon after arriving and all enjoy school. The mother who speaks English has been a great asset to both her family and the Arabic speaking community at her apartment complex. The father has begun working at the airport and has recently bought a car. The children’s favorite subjects are science, math, and language arts. They all dream of being doctors, the oldest wants to be an OBGYN, the second oldest wants to be a dentist, and the second youngest wants to be a general family doctor. The parents are happy to be in America where they can have a safe life and their children can have a bright future. They dream of buying a house, a second car, and the mother would like to finish college and become a nurse.
Our second family is also from Syria, consisting of a father, mother, their 3 adult sons, 1 adult daughter, son in law and their 4 grandsons. The daughter is also pregnant. The father and son in law worked as carpenters in Syria. The mother and father, and their 3 sons left Syria in 2012, the daughter, son in law and their children left in 2013. They all stayed in Turkey. The son was able to work in Turkey as a carpenter, the older sons worked as a cleaner and did odd jobs. The younger children were all able to attend school in Turkey. The mother, father and 3 sons were approved to come to the US in May 2016, the daughter son in law and their children were approved to come to the US in Nov 2016. Both the father and son in law have found work in a hotel. The two eldest sons have some mental disabilities so they have applied and are awaiting SSDI approval. The younger children are all enrolled in school and enjoying it. The adults all dream of a bright future, owning a home, buying a car, and having the younger children grow up to become doctors!
Our third family is also from Syria consisting of a father, mother, and their 2 children. The father worked as a construction worker. They fled Syria in 2013, first went to a camp where they stayed for less than 2 weeks before being able to live in the city. The children were able to attend school in Jordan, but the adults were not allowed to work. They were approved to come to the US 9 months ago. The father has found work at the airport as a rental car driver. The oldest child attended school very soon after arriving in the US, but the younger son has physical and mental disabilities and recently was able to start attending school one month ago after his special needs were figured out. The older son already speaks good English, says he has lots of friends at school and his favorite subject is art. He wants to be a pediatrician when he grows up to help children like his brother. The parents are happy to be here, and live in safety. They hope to become successful, move to a nicer house, and are grateful for their son being able to receive medical treatment.
Our fourth family is from Syria consisting of a father, mother, and their 5 children. The father worked as a plumber and the mother was a homemaker. They left Syria in 2013 and fled to Jordan carrying their 4 children that were all under 5 years old. They were able to stay in the city in Jordan, but were not able to work. The children were able to attend school. The youngest child was born in Jordan. They were approved to come to the US 8 months ago. They have had a rough start as the father suffers many health conditions and the children are still traumatized from what they witnessed back in Syria. The children have been attending school. The family is hopeful that they will have a bright future in America and that their children will be able to study in college and they will someday buy a house.