A Bright Future for a Father and His Young Son

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With the support of NSC, Abel's family has found a sense of safety, connection to community, as well as employment.

Abel and his young family stepped into a new life when they came to Philadelphia in February 2015. They were refugees from political violence that claimed the lives of family members and displaced others in their homeland of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With the support of National Services Center, Abel’s family has found a sense of safety, connection to community, as well as employment. Abel says this has given him great hope.
Abel says he is very grateful to NSC staff and volunteers for the orientation he and his wife, Crystal, received upon arrival, as well for the many ties they have made, including to a church they now call home.


Something that has sustained Abel’s family during challenging times here was the knowledge that other family members, also refugees, would be joining them. This became a reality when Crystal’s parents and fives sibling arrived in Philadelphia on September 2, 2015.

Abel says through his experience with NSC, he feels equipped to help them adjust to life here. Three more relatives will be coming, too. Abel says his family will breathe a sigh of relief – that they are together, all safe, and will be building sound futures.

Abel talks about the future often, and never with such passion as when he looks at his 18 month old son, Perez. He says he is very happy that Perez will be able to build a life in safety and with opportunity for growth. Abel says he knows Perez will have a bright future, one he and his wife could never have imagined when they fled.