First Place provides transitional housing for legal refugees as they first come into the Philadelphia area. It is the “first place” that these new friends will stay when they arrive in the United States. First Place is a ministry of the Ardmore Presbyterian Church.
A family of seven from Afghanistan is currently residing at First Place. On August 23rd they spent their first night in the US at our refugee transitional home in Ardmore. Latif, the husband and father in the family, had worked with the U. S. embassy and U.S. A.I.D. in Afghanistan for ten years before qualifying for refugee status. The rest of the family includes his wife, Gul, daughters Arzoo (19), Pashtana (17), and Lema (12). Latif and Gul also have two sons; Basir (14) and Nasir (10). They are happy to receive visitors during the short time they will be in Ardmore. Their refugee resettlement agency (Bethany) plans to find them a permanent home in Northeast Philadelphia.
Sturgis Poorman, First Place Task Force
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