Making Kafar’s Dream Come True

Ethiopian refugee Kafar Hassan’s dream is coming true. Forced to leave his son Robel behind in Johannesburg, South Africa where they had found safe haven for several years, Kafar arrived in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood in 2013 when resettled by local Catholic Charities Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services. In Asylum Hill he found welcoming support and … More Making Kafar’s Dream Come True

The Path to a Kidney Transplant: Following Georges’ Lead

For people on the list to receive a kidney transplant the path is long and arduous, marked with anxiety and frustration. As one would expect for anyone with a serious chronic illness personal and family stress is high, often debilitating. In January I wrote about Georges Annan Kingsley‘s desperate need for a kidney transplant, and his … More The Path to a Kidney Transplant: Following Georges’ Lead

Hartford Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees

Scared, scammed, stressed, and searching. That’s how many of my immigrant and refugee friends feel.  Scared because America’s current political climate fosters fear of the stranger, and rejection of minorities. Scammed because too often immigrants and refugees coming from authoritarian and repressive countries don’t know whom to trust. They get ripped off by intimidating imposters … More Hartford Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees