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Saint's Place working to help Afghan refugees in the Rochester area

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: August 31, 2021 11:25 PM
Created: August 31, 2021 10:10 PM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WHEC) — An estimated 500 families from Afghanistan will be resettled right here in the greater Rochester area. Donations are pouring in every day to help these families once they arrive.

News10NBC visited Saint's Place in Pittsford, which is helping to prepare several homes these refugees will soon move into.

Since its beginning back in 1998, Saint's Place has lived by its motto of "Welcoming The Stranger." Its leaders say the community is also doing its share to welcome all the newcomers.

"My fellow Americans the war in Afghanistan is now over," said President Joe Biden Tuesday afternoon.

But the process of resettling hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan is far from over.

Saint's Place is getting homes ready for several hundred Afghans heading for the Rochester area. Associate Director Michele Quin says over the past few days, the organization has been abundantly blessed with donations from the community.

"The community has rallied around us, and just supported us with so many donations from monetary donations to brand new items," Quin said. 

She says these families will move into fully-furnished homes provided by the Catholic Family Center. Linen and other bedding items, bath towels, pots and pans, and even clothes have all been donated to Saint's Place since the start of the evacuation from Afghanistan.

"Everything has to be in gently used clean condition," Quin said. "We're not a dumping ground so to speak. We really need things that we would want to use in our own home. If we can't use it in our own home then we shouldn't donate it."

Quin is astounded by the response from the community.

"They want to help. They want to be a part of this. They want to make them feel welcome in Rochester, and our mission is to welcome the stranger and to do this, and have people supporting us every inch of the way makes it really meaningful to us," Quin said.

Besides the Afghans, refugees from other parts of the world continue to receive help from Saint's Place.

"We have a family of five coming in from Sudan in September," Quin said. "We had a family from Burma in August, and we also had a Ukrainian family and a Congo family. So yeah, we have many different nationalities that we're going to be helping."

Quin said the families are currently going through a vetting process before they finally arrive in the Rochester area.

Saint's Place accepts donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at its office at 46 S. Main St. in Pittsford.


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