Ukrainian family settles in Mount Vernon

Tao, who asked us not to use his last name, is an American citizen who used to live in the tri-state.

Nadia Galindo

Apr 21, 2022, 10:09 PM

Updated 822 days ago


A Mount Vernon apartment is now a sanctuary of safety for a Ukrainian family fleeing the war.
Tao, who asked us not to use his last name, is an American citizen who used to live in the tri-state.
He and his parents were living in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, when Russia invaded.
"We was in shock, we didn't believe this was happening now," said Tao. "The airport of my city was bombed. One military point was bombed."
Just two days into the war, he and his parents made the difficult decision to leave their home and flee the country.
His dad Volodymyr grabbed two suitcases.
"I can't say I was thinking about our future - our son's future," he said.
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They fled to Poland and then flew to New York where local organizations helping Ukrainian refugees heard the family didn't have a stable place to stay.
"They give us everything, they help us with the apartment with everything," said Tao.
Holly Rosen Fink with Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration said they collaborated with Neighbors for Refugees and Sinai Free Synagogue to help find the family an apartment, pay rent and furnish the home.
"There was no hesitation on anyone's part to help this family. They did not expect any assistance when they came, they continue to be grateful every day," she said.
Rosen Fink is hopeful they can help resettle more Ukrainians in the Hudson Valley.
She's hopeful President Joe Biden's new Unite for Ukraine program will make the process easier.
The president announced Thursday the program will expedite the U.S. immigration process for Ukrainian refugees.
"It's honestly the news we've been waiting for," said Rosen Fink.
American's must sponsor them and provide financial support.
Tao is now working two jobs to support his parents and hopes to soon be financially independent.

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