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October 7, 2001

15 years ago today, still reeling from the loss of her brother-in-law in the 9/11 original-tribune-photo-articleterrorist attacks, Carolyn Manning was drawn to a powerful image of a young refugee family on the front page of a local newspaper. This mother, father, and four children, with a fifth on the way, sat together in a noticeably barren and unwelcoming apartment.

Carolyn would come to find out that the young family had fled Afghanistan after also suffering at the hands of the same terrorist organization that had brought down the Twin Towers, killing her brother-in-law. She yearned to connect with this family who uniquely shared in her family’s suffering. This image and Carolyn’s subsequent actions were seeds of compassion that grew into the Welcome to America Project.

Check out this video about how the Welcome to America Project got started.

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