New Windsor center to house Iraqi refugees Facility also will welcome Somalis

September 18, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The New Windsor Service Center has turned its multipurpose building into temporary housing for 49 Kurds and Iraqi Christians who arrived yesterday.

"The Iraqi people opposed their government and are considered prisoners of war there because they refused to fight against the Allied forces during the Gulf War," said Terri Meushaw, information coordinator at the center. "We are taking care of their immediate lodging and food needs."

Fourteen refugees from Somalia, due to arrive today, will be housed in another building on the center's grounds.

The center is preparing for about 120 more refugees from Somalia by the end of the month.

"Housing refugees is a regular part of our ongoing ministry," said Ms. Meushaw. "But, with this many, it will be quite different."

The center is mailing letters to the 802 residents of New Windsor, letting them know about the refugees, she said.

"Hopefully, everyone will make them feel welcome," she said. "People here have always been receptive and open."

The Church of the Brethren Refugee Resettlement Office, at the center, is working to find homes throughout the United States for all the Iraqis, Kurds and Somalis.

"A few have sponsors, but most will remain here until the end of October," said Ms. Meushaw.

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