Americana Community Center holds support summit for refugee families

Reporter Robert Bradfield talks to international families incident of hate have spiked since the election.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It is the ultimate meet and greet.  The Americana Community Center, with open arms, embracing the diverse families who live nearby.

"I hope the citizens will get together for one common purpose and stand together as united as one Louisville," said Muhammad Babar.

It's that hope that brought Babar to Tuesday’s community support summit.  He's a father of twin nine year-old boys and told WHAS11 since last week's election, conversations at the dinner table are turning into teaching lessons because of the conversations happening at school.

"My own children - they are afraid of what the future is going to hold for them," he said.

Americana's Director of Development says some international families started coming forward last week about issues of bullying and harrassment. "This is an opportunity for the greater community to step up and say, 'Yep, we're behind you,'" Clare Rutz said.

Those messages of support are pouring in.  As we reported Monday night, hundreds of cards are being sent to the center with messages of hope and love.

"We just want to make sure that we could create a safe and welcoming place and rally behind our participants," Rutz said.

Babar believes the future is at stake and he'd like to focus on the successes, not the setbacks.  "I think this is the right time that our elected leadership needs to step up and calm down the fears of our children," he said.

If you would like to help write letters of support and compassion, you can send them to:

 

Americana Community Center

c/o Clare Rutz

4801 Southside Drive

Louisville, KY 40214


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