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Refugee Resettlement Team Ready to Welcome Second Family

Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35)

The AHCC Refugee Resettlement Team is gearing up to support Catholic Charities in welcoming a second refugee family to Hartford at the end of November. We have been busy collecting household goods and furniture and, thanks to the generosity of this congregation, have all that we need to furnish an apartment.

The Mugambwa family is originally from Congo Kinshasa although the adults have spent the last 13 years in a refugee camp in Burundi. The adults (Hassan and Zakumwilo) are in their 40s and the children (Sagad and Lukelwa) are 8 and 10 years of age. They will be accompanied by another family member for whom we do not yet have information. We understand that this Muslim family speaks both Kurundi and some French and has some literacy. We are looking forward to meeting them and helping them to settle here and begin a new life.

There are many Congolese in Hartford and it is likely that this family will stay. The apartment they will be moving into is in the same building that our first family lived in. There are several other Congolese families in the building which will be helpful.

The housing team will spring into action right away and the transportation and mentoring team will be busy in the weeks and months after their arrival helping with medical appointments, shopping and cultural orientation. Kara Price and the youth group will be helping to supply the apartment with food for the first few days.

Our partner, Catholic Charities, has also asked us for any leads to entry level jobs. We expect both parents to be employable. Please let us know if you have any ideas or information about employment opportunities.

If you are not already on the volunteer list and would like to join a team you can contact Jane Torrey (education), Heather Wolfe Taylor (housing) or Lowell Fewster (transportation and mentoring). Team leaders will be contacting volunteers on their teams about opportunities and timing.

Contact information: Jane Torrey at, Heather Wolfe Taylor at, or Lowell Fewster at

Posted: Jul 8 2016 - 7:53am

by Jane Torrey, Diane Benner, Lowell Fewster, Courtney Bourns, Donna Manocchio