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integration. One of the families TBE supports, with four children under the age of eleven, arrived a day before Donald Trump was inau- gurated as president. The second, a family with three children under the age of five, fol- lowed in March — just as the doors to the U.S. were closing under the Trump Administration. The TBE team worked with JFS to find housing for the two families, and they out- fitted the homes with furniture, appliances, toys, and other essentials — much of it new and donated by local businesses, including all the beds from Bob's Discount Furniture. They gathered stacks of gift cards purchased by other houses of worship, stocked the refriger- ators and pantries, including a welcome pine- apple beside a bowl overflowing with fresh fruit, left operating instructions in Arabic by each appliance, lined up doctors and dentists to provide long overdue medical services pro bono, coordinated volunteer visitors, drivers, and more. The morning after the first family's maiden night in America, a trained volunteer, Rachel Rock, drove the family and JFS case worker to the Social Security Office in Framingham. She was honored to launch them on their journey of liberation, a concept close to her heart as Rachel's father had served as head of the displaced persons camp in Berlin at the end of WWII. Rachel brought along LEGOs, markers, and paper to entertain the children while the parents and social worker com- pleted paperwork. She waited patiently for the "Despite our very different circumstances, all parents want the same things for their kids — a happy, safe, healthy life, and a good education." – S t e p h a n i e J u m a / Vo l u n t e e r P A T T E R N B Y V E C T E E Z Y . C O M C O U R T E S Y O F T E M P L E B E T H E L O H I M 98 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Welcome the Stranger

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