On Sept. 26, Whidbey CAREs welcomed its first refugee family from Ukraine as part of its commitment to give families displaced by the war in Ukraine the chance to rebuild their lives in the United States.
The family will remain in an Oak Harbor house — offered by Airbnb — until the end of October, with a supply of groceries, gift cards and store vouchers. Whidbey CAREs is also helping them find permanent housing, apply for Social Security cards, enroll their two children in school, find a job and a car and more.
The family consists of a father, who is an experienced construction manager with an MBA and a background in IT management, a mother who holds a master’s degree in telecommunications and runs an online art and woolen goods business, and two children aged 5 and 7.
Whidbey CAREs is a community-based organization that supports refugee families moving and starting a new life in the United States. Lauren Viana, board member at Whidbey CAREs, said the organization is honored to play a part in the family’s journey to a brighter future.
People who wish to help can visit whidbeycares.com and make a donation through the “donate today” link.