Salam Alaikum is a Pashto/Farsi greeting that several Bridge Fund volunteers used frequently for the first six months in 2022.
Beginning in August 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lead and coordinated ongoing efforts across the federal government to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States. In late 2021, some of these Afghan families were brought into the Lee County area, assisted by Lutheran Services Florida (LSF).
When needed, The Bridge Fund (TBF) will create projects to serve unusual situations such as this. To assist in this local effort, TBF established the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Project (ARRP) in partnership with the LSF office in Ft. Myers.