Oklahoma State University works with Catholic charities to relocate Afghan refugees
STILLWATER, Oklahoma (KFOR) – Oklahoma State University and Eastern Oklahoma Catholic Charities are working together to assist up to 40 Afghan families relocating and resettling in Oklahoma after they were evacuated from Afghanistan after their country’s government was overthrown .
CCEOK was contacted in early September to assist evacuees relocating to the Stillwater area.
OSU and CCEOK work together to support families. CCEOK is the lead agency of the Afghan Families-Stillwater Project.
From the beginning of November, Afghan refugees will arrive on the OSU campus. They will be housed in around 25 uninhabited residential units.
CCEOK and OSU are working to provide refugees with English as a second language through the English Language and Intercultural Center, transportation through the OSU community bus network, adult and children’s programs through the Family Resource Center, assistance with food and furniture trips, and volunteer translation services provided by international and other student groups at OSU.
The School of Global Studies and Partnerships is at the forefront of OSU response, which includes coordination with OSU academic and auxiliary departments, including student affairs, housing, OSU parking and transit, and others.
Donations are needed for the Afghan refugees.
“These families, many with young children, arrive with nothing but clothes on their backs. The OSU seeks the help of faculty, staff and students to give these families a warm welcome in the community. CCEOK is looking for household items such as furniture, dishes, bedding, toiletries and more, monetary donations and gift cards to provide long-term aid to these families, ”the press release said.
Go to global.okstate.edu/afghan-project/index.html for ongoing updates, answers to frequently asked questions and how to coordinate the support needed for the project.
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