To the Editor:
Thank you for your article last week about local efforts to resettle refugees victimized by war in their country [“Helping Refugees Is a Way of Life for Local Citizens and Educators,” Sept. 21, page 9]. We should be proud as a community to see how many individuals and groups in Princeton are, by their small gestures, making life-changing differences for others.
I was mentioned as “the ESL teacher” for Nassau Presbyterian Church’s sponsorship of one Syrian family. But in fact our daily English classes — and indeed everything to do with this project — is the result of teams of people, both parishioners and others in the community, who have come together to volunteer their time and talents.
One extremely important arm of volunteers went unmentioned in your article. They are our Muslim and Arab-American neighbors who have quietly stepped up to make a critical difference. They have provided invaluable support, especially serving as Arabic translators at school registrations, doctor appointments, English classes, etc. Their sensitivity to the family’s needs has been a touching reminder of our common humanity and goodness. With a range of customs and traditions, we are richer for our reliance on one another.