Local organization getting ready to welcome 36 Afghan refugees to Memphis

MEMPHIS, TENN. — Thousands of people are scrambling to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban took back control of the country.

The images coming out of the country show people desperately try to escape, in hopes of re-building a better life.

Some will soon call the Mid-South home.

Leaders with World Relief Memphis, a local resettlement organization, are getting ready to welcome 36 Afghan refugees to Memphis.

Some have already arrived.

RELATED: Afghan nationals fleeing amid Taliban takeover will soon settle in Memphis

“Memphis has a long history of showing hospitality,” PJ Moore, the executive director of World Relief Memphis said.

Moore said World Relief has been working with refugees around the world since the 1940s after WWII.

“This is something that is very near and dear to our heart,” he said.

More said the agency works alongside refugees as they rebuild their lives in the U.S., and is now preparing to welcome the refugees from Afghanistan.

“We received some families last night as a part of that program, and we have some more in the system and are awaiting final information about their travel,” he said.

Moore said the agency is working is working with several organizations including local churches, and the city of Memphis and Shelby County to provide resources for these families.

“We work to set up apartments or houses for families,” he said. “We furnish them and have a warm meal ready for them when we pick them up from the airport.”

Moore said they also work to help the refugees find jobs, learn English, and help children navigate the school system.

As these families prepare to re-build a new life, Moore said they are asking the community to help make their transition easier.

“We’re asking the community to pray for them and find ways they may engage in these issues whether that might be through donating their time, talent or treasure,” he said.

If you would like to donate to World Relief Memphis or find out how you can volunteer to work with the refugees, you can visit their website here.