The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $60,000 in grants to six local organizations in the second round of grants from its Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund for Northern Virginia. The grantees include FACETS, FAMIL – Potomac Rotary Charities, Herndon-Reston FISH Inc., Homes Not Borders Inc., Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. According to The Connection Newspapers, "Each organization is receiving a $10,000 grant. The grants will support Afghans fleeing their country who either pass through or are resettled here in Northern Virginia. The initial grants from the fund focused on immediate unmet human and basic needs, such as food, shelter, acute health services, acute mental health services. This new round of grants will support longer-term resettlement efforts, including legal, mental health, physical health, housing, transportation, education, language, and other coping skills." As per The Connection Newspapers, "WFCM has been fortunate to work with several Afghan refugee families that have come to us in need of food and rental assistance. The CF NOVA grant will enable us to pay a full month of rent for five families while they await the processing of documents that will connect them with benefits and work opportunities. We are grateful for this funding and the partnership that will allow us to serve these families,” said Harmonie Taddeo, Executive Director, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries."
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