We’re finishing up dinner time when our phones buzz and it’s our Group Text. You know, the place all our friends pile into the screen together to share gifs about dinner being like feeding a herd of rhinos or our sadness over not being able to afford to see Hamilton... but also share stories about our days filled with sorrow and strained relationships and stuff.
It’s our friends Kat and Luke, who have been short term-emergency placement foster parents for...what, three years now? They said yes to homing a sibling set of six First Generation Somali-American Muslim children, for just a couple nights, before they’re split up into various foster homes. Ideally, a foster resource could house all six long term; realistically, Portland is in crisis as it is, and these kids were in hotel rooms for approximately a week waiting for any home to take any of them. The moment they sent us the text, we all jumped in asking what they needed. Our community is the best. We were also all wide-eyed and grateful for the example of this family; their home isn't big by any means. Their biological daughter moved into their room while the other six children smooshed into two small bedrooms.Read More