BY VELENA JONES
“Not only do they need to flee somewhere to be safe, but they need to rebuild their life and you just don’t do that overnight. So, it’s so vital our services to secure them housing, to help cover the first couple months of rent, expenses, get them groceries, get them navigating our medical system, get them in school,” explained Vanassa Hamra, spokesperson for World Relief Sacramento.
Since 2016, World Relief Sacramento has resettled 2,327 families. Their Modesto branch has resettled 1,426 in the same time frame. The Sacramento branch was looking to bring even more people to the area when violence erupted.
“We had 17 flights scheduled to arrive two days before August 16 when the government fell. That represents 84 individuals that are in limbo that should be here,” Hamra explained.