At the end of February, 2018, an Afghan family traveled 10,000 miles from its war-torn homeland to start a new life in the U.S. With the assistance of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, the parents and three young children are resettling in Oakland with the father’s brother. Grace Cathedral’s “Team Peg” welcome group (named in honor of the late Peg Van Loo, a driving force behind our initiative) is in the midst of providing joyous support, driving them to a raft of appointments, helping register the oldest child in school, introducing the family to the public transit system and planning outings and shopping excursions.
Recently, Team Peg members delivered a bagful of toys donated by Bayview Mission to keep the children amused during a very rainy week. The youngsters had never done a puzzle before, and we captured a fun photo of them. Even Dad was entertained by Mr. Potato Head, a playtime classic since the early 1950s.