KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Syrian family has arrived in Kansas City after escaping their war-torn homeland, and is now working on making KC their home.
It's part of an accelerated refugee program. On Monday, the head of the family thanked the city for the chance at a new life.
He said the last week has been quite a change from the last three years for the couple and their five children, where they had been living as refugees in Jordan.
The family arrived at KCI airport last week and social workers and other Syrian immigrants have been helping them get adjusted to their new home.
Kansas City has welcomed 265 refugees to the United States in the last five years, placing them in affordable housing in the northeast neighborhood, where they are likely to meet other resettled families who are making the most of the American Dream.
"Everything that he saw so far is absolutely fabulous, so he feels very grateful. He says that he hopes he will be to the level of trust and kindness and happiness that people would expect him to be. So he will be doing his best to ensure that he fits in with everybody," Fariz Turkmani, a translator, said on behald of Ahmad.
Della Lamb is helping the family learn English and enrolling the children, who range in age from 1 to 12 years old, in a charter school. The agency also said it's been overwhelmed with outpouring of support from the KC community, with offers of everything from housewares and furniture, to a job offer in the service industry for Ahmad.
Ahmad was a construction worker in Syria, but he suffered injuries from a bomb blast during the Syrian civil war. He said he wants his children to get a good education in the United States, and said Americans should not be afraid of refugees, who just want a safe place to live and to live in peace.