Over the last four months, countries around the world have been taking in Ukrainian refugees, except for the United States. Many Americans who were desperate to help could only do so from afar.
However, in recent weeks, some refugees have been able to apply to relocate to Metro Atlanta.
“I got the documents in and now it’s just up to the customs department to make a decision,” said Tanner Kuth.
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Kuth, who is a veteran, was one of the first volunteers to sign up for the new federal government sponsorship program.
“I have to prove that I’m financially stable enough to provide a place to live for them,” said Kuth.
The Cherokee County resident is looking to transform his basement into a private living space for a mother and son. Right now, the family is living under one roof with thousands of others at a sports arena in Poland. Channel 2′s Elizabeth Rawlins spoke to the refugee via facetime on Wednesday.
The mother and son escaped Ukraine more than two months ago, but the hope of a new life can’t begin until she is approved to come to the U.S.
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Social media has played a major role connecting Georgia families with Ukrainians who are looking for a host family.
For more information on the sponsorship program click HERE.