(NEWS CENTER) — We’ve all seen the heartbreaking stories of refugees from Syria: entire families forced to leave their homes – and nearly everything they own – behind with the hope of finding a safe place to live away from the fighting.
Some of them end up here in Maine, choosing to start all over again. And that means not only finding a new place to live but furnishing it, as well.
That’s where a local organization called “Furniture Friends” comes in, helping refugees and others build new homes and new lives.
“Because of the war, the crisis over there, we couldn’t stay any longer,” Yassin explains. His wife and four young kids arrived in Maine from Syria in November, and have slept on the floor ever since. Until now.
Westbrook-based Furniture Friends collects donated furniture and distributes to people in need changed everything.