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Students and faculty from the Social Work department gathered for lunch in the Dining Hall on April 9 to welcome the Fahnbulleh family to the United States. Fifteen members of the family from war-torn Liberia recently traveled from a refugee camp in Sierra Leone to Chicago through arrangements made by Chicago’s Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries.

Jenna Hania ’07 of Cambridge, Ontario, is a social work student at Trinity and an intern at the organization. Hania helped prepare the temporary home where the Fahnbulleh’s are currently staying until their home in Hazel Crest, Illinois, is ready.

“I helped set up the house and made up 13 beds for all the children,” she said. “I love being around the family.”

Hania is the first intern from Trinity to work at the interfaith ministry and has had the opportunity to work with other families being sponsored by the organization.

Other immediate members of the Fahnbulleh family are still in a refugee camp; two of the girls that arrived with them are Lamin’s nieces. The next step, after the family moves once again, is to find employment for the parents. Their story has been featured recently in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Also attending the informal lunch were President Steven Timmermans; Dr. Rose Malinowski, associate professor of social work; and former Palos Heights mayor Dean Koldenhoven.

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