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St. Anne’s Church to sponsor a refugee family through Northside CYO

Members are working to furnish an apartment by April 27

Members of the refugee project committee and their families are collecting furnishings for an apartment to house a refugee family on Syracuse’s North Side.

Members of the refugee project committee and their families are collecting furnishings for an apartment to house a refugee family on Syracuse’s North Side. Allie Wenner

— The volunteers have been storing the furnishings in a pod outside of the church, which was donated by Pods of Liverpool.

“They really went above and beyond to accommodate us,” she said. “They didn’t even hesitate to donate the pod and I can’t say enough about them.”

About 1,000 refugees arrive in Syracuse every year and Holmes says they are seeing many people from Africa and Asia. Specifically: Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo, Somalia and Cuba are where the most people are coming from.

“It’s really quite fun to make a connection with people from another culture,” DeSorbo said. “We’re helping them but it really helps our community as well.”

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