HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES IN ST. LOUIS
We don't need an invitation to the do the right thing!
Refugees are fleeing their war-torn homes and coming to America for a chance at a better life. However, some Syrian refugee families in St. Louis are finding the American Dream to be a nightmare .
On November 4, 2016, a total of four Syrian teens, all 15 or younger, were attacked by four unknown suspects. The teens were kicked and punched before the attackers ran off. One boy was later taken to a hospital to treat a leg injury.
The families are afraid because of all the gunfire they hear in the neighborhood at night. It’s reminiscent of the endless gunfire they heard in war-torn Syria.
There are also problems with pest infestation in the apartments, with bugs falling from the ceiling and dead rodents in the kitchen.
Through a translator the families says they are still optimistic about life here in the U.S. and St. Louis.
We are hoping that some other kind souls in St. Louis will see this post and want to get involved in helping move these families into homes in a safe area of St. Louis City or County.
Funds Will Be Used For:
- Syrian refugee families to move into rental properties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
- Provide funds to supplement rental payment for housing with at least 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms to meet occupancy code requirements.
- If additional funds are raised that exceed our goal, those funds will be used for future Syrian refugee families placed in St. Louis.
About the Syrian Refugee Families
- The Syrian refugee families that need assistance to move to safe areas are all two parent families with five or six children.
- All of the families have members who are working. However, most family members are only working part time hours and would like to find full-time employment. Please let us know if you can assist in this area.
- All of the Syrian refugee families are working very hard to learn English and are attending classes on a regular basis.
- After spending a significant amount of time with families, I have learned that these people are just like everyone else. They love to spend time with their families and just want to have fun! A few weeks ago, we had a potluck dinner and all learned a Syrian dance called Debka.
Challenges Experienced in Finding Adequate Housing
The city of Saint Louis is truly a difficult place to find affordable houses or apartments, especially if you have a big family.
Now if you're a Syrian refugee and you just settled it St. Louis, it becomes even harder and almost impossible because you need a credit history, long-term steady employment, a bank account, and you need to speak the language, etc.
That's why this is one of the most difficult obstacles we are facing when it comes to our St. Louis community, but we are sure with the help of good people we may be able to do something about it!
Who is Rasing the Funds?
My name is Jessica Bueler and I am the CEO/Owner of 3 businesses in St. Louis: HSB Tobacconist, Fusion Media Concepts, and Armbar Nation. I serve as the Director of Marketing for the Delmar Loop. This project is a side project and has no affiliation with any of the aforementioned businesses.
What is Your Relationship to the Parties You Are Rasing Funds for?
I originally became involved in the project when I came across an article in the Riverfront Times Police Investigate Attack on Syrian Refugees in North St. Louis as Frustration Mounts. I was horrified when I read about the living conditions that these people have been subjected to after escaping Syria.
A group of five woman came together to form a Thanksgiving donation drive to collect toiletry items and winter coats for refugees in the St. Louis area. We were blown away by the number of people who came and donated items.
After the donation drive, many volunteers asked what more they could do to help. After spending time with the families throughout the past month they're requests were made very clear.
"Please help us move our families to a safe place."
If you would like to help, here is the breakdown of what your donation can provide to a Syrian refugee family in St. Louis for adequate housing. But of course, donations are accepted in any amount.
$35 - Support a Syrian refugee family for 1 day
$250 - Support a Syrian refugee family for 1 week
$500 - Support a Syrian refugee family for 2 weeks
$1,000 - Support a Syrian refugee family for 1 month
If you would like to contribute in any way, we would be honored to have your donation and use the funds to help the Syrian refugees in the St. Louis area.