This local church is helping Syrian refugees adjust to life in the US

REFUGEES | Both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland have had a substantial population of refugees resettle in their communities over the past year. As these families work to build a life here, including finding employment, housing, and schools for their children, volunteers at National Community Church provide assistance to them. (Street Sense, 11/27)

Refugees and volunteers from National Community Church are building relationships as they share food, time, and assistance. The interdenominational Christian church picks up families from the airport, furnishes and decorates their homes prior to arrival, and connects refugees to family friends and mentors who can navigate the school system or take them to the doctor.

The Alhumayer family arrived in the U.S. from Syria a little over a year ago to escape the civil war. Bashir Alhumayer had worked as an electrician in Damascus, and the family lived outside the city in a mostly Christian town. As the war escalated, Bashir found himself hiding his sons and daughter from bombs and sniper fire. His wife, Ghosoun, was sick with diabetes. The family paid a smuggler to transport them to Jordan, where they lived in a refugee camp for three months.

IMMIGRATION | The Montgomery County Council are expected to pass a resolution urging the federal government to allow immigrants facing deportation due to the loss of temporary protected status and DACA protections to remain in the country. (WaPo, 12/11)

HEALTH | Another deadline has passed and Congress has not renewed CHIP, causing parents who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance to worry. (WAMU, 12/11)

– The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that would have decided if Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans gender-based bias, would also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. (NBC News, 12/11)

– Will the creation of more electric vehicles kill the auto-mechanic industry? (WaPo, 12/11)

EDUCATION | A new bookstore featuring Black, Latinx, Native American, and other authors of color has opened in Anacostia. (AFRO, 12/7)

TRANSIT | Officials Still Can’t Agree On How To Fund Metro — A Sales Tax Might Be The Reason Why (WAMU, 12/11)

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