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."