FRS gives $1,000 to asylum seekers

Mother Theresa once said, “We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

The Community Human Services voted at their January meeting to give the $1,000 set aside in last year’s budget to an asylum-seeking Afghan couple in Portland. The couple had been brought to the US to help their ailing daughter who died a short time after they arrived. Their situation is desperate. Until they can complete the long process of being granted asylum, they receive little help from the state of Maine. They speak almost no English, but are trying to learn.

Nancy Crochiere and Eileen Fitzgerald delivered the money to the couple at their home in Portland on February 3, with the assistance of their immigration attorney and a translator. The couple plans to use the money for food, clothing, bus passes, and bills like electricity and medications. 

After telling the couple about the gift from the FRS, the immigration attorney wrote: Just wanted to let you know how thrilled this couple is! The relief in their voices was palpable. They have called me over again several times to say thank you.