By John Stryker Meyer
When the Afghanistan withdrawal of U.S. forces and allies unfolded into an embarrassing international story in August, a small non-profit in Southern California went into action to address a pressing need for the Afghan families that worked with U.S. forces — low-cost housing in the U.S.
One of the first things the non-profit Affordable Community Living (ACL) did was to hire a multi-lingual Afghan interpreter who served with several Green Beret A Teams and other governmental agencies in the Central Asian country for more than 14 years during the protracted 20-year war.
At the time this issue of the Sentinel went to press, ACL was working to place 16 Afghan refugee families into manufactured homes in California, according to ACL spokesman John Yeandle, a Marine Corps veteran.
In addition, ACL is arranging job training, cultural awareness training, as well as attending to indigenous dietary considerations for them. ACL will also provide basic-skill jobs for the refugees. “We will have jobs for them,” he added.