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CSS seeks parterships to foster creative housing solutions as we welcome Afghan refugees

After reading the local paper, It became obvious that housing would be needed soon to provide the Afghan refugees a safe and comfortable place to live, as they acclimate to their new society. Very few of us who were born and raised in this community have ever experienced what they have. We can only guess as to their trauma. It just turned out that my family had an empty home that we could provide for a while...and so our hope is that they will find our community welcoming and understanding of their plight. -Darryl Hunter

Our Refugee Resettlement team continues to work hard to find housing for our incoming Afghan arrivals while also facing a housing crisis in Lincoln. At times, we've been placing our Afghan friends in a hotel until we find permanent housing. Darryl Hunter reached out to us after a recent news story because he had an empty house... and a great idea to fill it. Darryl plans on selling his home but is not in a rush, so he asked if we could use it for our refugee program. Yes! We took Darryl up on his offer and we now use his house as a transitional home where single men live until we're able to find them permanent housing. This method has worked well for us and has helped us save on costly hotel stays. As we now anticipate 140 new arrivals by mid-February, we're seeking other landlords in the area who would be willing to do the same as Darryl. Will you partner with us and provide temporary housing for our refugees? If so, please reach out to Erika at 402.560.6394 or estewartf@cssisus.org. Thank you for helping us #welcomerefugees and bring #HopeintheGoodLife to our newest Nebraska neighbors!

  • Square miles served in the Diocese of Lincoln last year

    24,000

  • Cash & in-kind assistance provided across southern Nebraska last year

    $1,800,000

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    5,268

  • Nights of lodging & safety provided through St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes last year

    17,280

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