NJ groups help Afghan families resettle

Afghan families have arrived in this country with little knowledge of English, without family or other support systems in place, expecting to start a new life

Organizations across New Jersey are working to provide critical support, including housing and employment, to Afghan families hoping to restart their lives in the state. Many are fleeing Afghanistan, which the Taliban took control of last month. According to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) — roughly 8,500 Afghan evacuees are being temporarily housed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, but he says that number could rise to about 13,000.

About 535 Afghans are expected to make a home in New Jersey. The International Rescue Committee will be working with about 250 of them, according to Alison Millan, the organization’s deputy director. Millan doesn’t yet know what benefits and services they’ll be eligible for and is working under the operational guidance of the state department, fleshing out the IRC’s role as a resettlement agency.

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