This story is from Peg Boag, who is in charge of emergency services for the Committee for Helping Others, CHO, the organization which receives 25% of our Vienna CROP Walk funds. Names have been omitted for privacy reasons.
Last Fall, CHO was contacted by a school social worker about a family in need of help. The family were Coptic Christians from Egypt. They had been sponsored and accepted to immigrate due to being persecuted for their Christian faith.
After they arrived their sponsor basically left them on their own, and when CHO was contacted, they were all living in one room in a house and paying rent, for the room and bathroom and kitchen privileges.
Their challenges were many: the mother had diabetes, the father had been injured at work, they had a premature baby girl in fragile health, and a 10-year-old son with ADHD who needed medication and was having a lot of trouble at school.
CHO was able to help them with rent, food, clothing, medications, and even some gifts for Christmas. They also were able to advise them on how to navigate these difficult waters of a new culture in order to keep them afloat and give them a future. Their faith during this struggle was a sustaining force.
This is just one of many stories CHO could tell. As an all-volunteer organization, CHO continues to prove itself a vital part of our larger Vienna community.