Friday, June 16, 2017

Pensacola Episcopal church, Catholic Charities work to help refugees

From Central Gulf Coast-

Rachel Harding knows there aren't large numbers of Middle Eastern refugees in Northwest Florida that need help.

In fact, only 33 refugees have relocated to Pensacola since 2002, according to the Refugee Processing Center.

Still, Harding wanted to help those refugees and their families, most of whom are classified by the U.S. government as "special immigrants"  because of their work with U.S. military forces in the Middle East.

"We want to help,'' said Harding, 33, of her fellow worshipers at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church on 12th  Avenue. "But we really don't know how."

So Harding, who attends the church with her husband and young son, called people who do know how to help and who operate the Panhandle refugee relocation program — Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida.

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