Rockin’ Bounce Trampoline Park welcomed new Syrian and Afghan households to St. Louis with a free go to.
SHREWSBURY, Mo. — Shifting to a brand new nation requires taking a leap of religion.
“Very onerous, trigger there’s not lots of people that we knew, and there was no person to assist us that a lot,” Irfan Nawabi mentioned.
Nawabi, 13, and his household moved from Afghanistan to St. Louis in 2018.
“I did not know English at the moment and my dad, my complete household did not know English, they could not converse it so it was very onerous for us at first at any time when we got here right here,” Nawabi mentioned.
Madeleine Grucza with Welcome Neighbor STL helps Syrian and Afghan refugees with the resettlement course of.
“Thus far, simply Welcome Neighbor we’re supporting 212 people principally from Afghanistan,” Grucza mentioned.
She received in contact with Matt Strelo the proprietor of Rockin’ Bounce Trampoline Park to welcome these new households to St. Louis with a free go to.
“You take a look at what is going on in Ukraine proper now and also you simply want you could possibly sort of hug all of them. These households which might be going to be right here tonight have been in the identical predicament about 6-8 months in the past,” Strelo mentioned.
“Their hearts are in Afghanistan as a result of most left household behind. Some really left kids behind. Some have left spouses behind,” Grucza mentioned.
“We have really been requested to not present the adults’ faces in any social media as a result of the Taliban might nonetheless be after them, however the children, we’re anticipating someplace round 150 children right here right this moment,” Strelo mentioned.
These households cope with quite a lot of stress with having to relocate to a brand new nation, so this occasion is for the youngsters, so they may simply be children.
“Right here, they’re very glad and so they wish to get pleasure from and mess around and stuff,” Nawabi mentioned.
“This Trampoline Park could be an excellent place throughout Ramadan for the youngsters simply to loosen up and have enjoyable collectively,” Grucza mentioned.
Welcome Neighbor STL is working with the Worldwide Institute to assist Ukrainian refugees resettle to St. Louis.