As some of you know, I sought and received approval by the U.S. government to take in a family of Ukrainian refugees. The process to get approved is long and is similar to adopting a child. I had to prove that I could financially support them for a year and that they could stay with me in my home.
I had never met them before, so it was a bit of a risk. They arrived and moved in with my family earlier this fall. And all I can say is that they were an absolute joy to have in our home. They recently rented a townhouse nearby and have moved out. In about the 9 weeks they lived with us, they really got a lot done toward assimilating and becoming productive members of society. Here is a short list of what they accomplished:
The kids got into the local public school.
Both parents got work permits.
Both parents got social security cards.
Both parents passed their Colorado driver’s tests and got licenses and insurance.
Both parents purchased used cars.
Both parents got full-time jobs.
The father, who didn’t know how to speak English, learned how on YouTube at night.
He also passed his CDL exams… in English.
The mother got a high-paying job in Denver with an international logistics company.
They rented their own townhouse and moved out of my house.
I’m very proud of them. Here is a PIC of their family:
I have since sought and received approval to take in another family, this time a mother and son. They moved in a couple weeks ago and all is going well.