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 work-ing 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 train-ing, 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.