Our Syrian Family


Our Syrian Family—Update as of April 23, 2017

Even though his body has still not been recovered, funeral services were held this past Saturday for Mohammad at their local Mosque in El Cajon. Seven members of our Parish attended and Patrick Attardo spoke at the service, bringing our prayers and support to the family and their community. Imam Taha Hassani expressed their deep gratitude to us for our help and support. 

If you wish to send condolences to the Almustafa family, please put your sympathy cards, with a hand printed message for easy reading, in the offertory collection or drop them by the Parish Office. Their names are: Husam and Douha (parents); Ahlam, Esraa, Mays, and Limar (daughters).

Any monetary donations need to be directed through St. Thomas More. Direct donations to the family will reduce their scheduled monetary support through grants, etc. We are focused on paying their rent and providing other resources at the end of their first three months here when the rent stipend and other monetary sources will be reduced or terminated. All donated monies will be used to benefit the family over time.

Even in the midst of his own grieving, Mr. Almustafa is anxious to learn English and find a job in accounting. Several Parishioners have offered to help with his job search.

Please continue to pray for this family so in need of healing and support.

For more information visit www.stmoside.org/OurSyrianFamily or contact: Lisa Attardo at lisaattardo@yahoo.com or 760-884-7863; Patrick Attardo at 760-844-7862 or Sr. Maureen at 760-7584100 x131 or maureenb@stmoside.org.

Thank you for your wonderful response to our Syrian family that we are sponsoring through Catholic Charities! Click HERE for more background.

Because of your generosity, we have been able to fulfill their immediate needs for furniture and appliances! We received so many donations that we were able to provide furniture and appliances for four other refugee families under the care of Catholic Charities.

If you would still like to donate furniture and appliance items for other refugee families, please submit forms to the offertory collection, the Parish Office, or via email or mail. We are pleased that Brother Benno’s wants to partner with us in helping deliver these items to the refugee families.

Remember that our suggested list includes many other ways you can be of help to this family besides monetary donations.

Please do not drop any items off at the Parish Office. As the forms are submitted, you will be contacted about the next drop-off date to STM.  

This family still has many ongoing practical needs and expenses. Please check the options below for details. We will update you periodically on how your monetary donations have been used. (Most refugee families become self-sufficient after about eight months.)

Thanks again!

Our Syrian Family's Journey

Part 1

Part 2

Update April 16, 2017

For more information, contact :Lisa Attardo or Sr. Maureen Brown, CSJ.

Suggestions for Specific Activities and Monetary Donations for Our Syrian Family

Suggestions for Basic Item Donations for Refugee Families (from Catholic Charities)

Suggestions for Extended Item Donations for Refugee Famlies (from Catholic Charities)





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