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Local church helping Ukrainian refugees with 'Uniting for Ukraine'

Posted at 2:40 PM, Aug 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-11 17:28:33-04

Most college students go back home during the summer. However Katia who comes go to school in Lithuania and lives in Ukraine, it’s just not an option right now.

“We had hoped to the last moment I didn’t want to come anywhere but home,” said Katia.

Her hopes of being at home with her family were ruined once the war started.

“My family is in the occupied city in Ukraine. It’s dangerous to go outside and to walk around the city. There’s a shortage of groceries, food, medicine,” said Katia.

The shootings, the bombings, the devastation, it’s all real. It’s why Zhenya, a Ukrainian seamen who travels frequently for work, helped his wife Ira escape their home country.

“Anything can happen with these people each day. Nobody can protect us or cares about them. It’s like a jungle now, it’s very dangers,” said Zhenya.

“One day our street market in the center of the village with shelves. Six people were wounded and several died on the spot,” said Ira’s translator.

Thankfully all three could rely on their friend Desirae Clark. She is offered help to them since the war began and now she’s opened up her home in Copperas Cove.

“While these horrible atrocities are happening in Ukraine, we have the opportunity to help wonderful precious people. I happen to know them and that makes it even more of a burning passion for me,” said Clark.

Over the past 12 years, Clark has adopted a daughter from Ukraine and helped several people, friends and orphans from the foreign country as well.

Now, she is encouraged her Church, Cove Church Of Narzerene, to join “Uniting for Ukraine,” to help find Ukraine War Refugees is safe space to live.

“When she found out that we can bring folks here to the states and be able to support them, sponsor them and bring them here to give them some relief, that was exciting. That’s how I heard about it and how we responded to it was that we just wanted to be involved,” said Lead Pastor Ann Hohner.

“It makes me realize that there are people who care and there are people who can give you support and help without wanting something in return,” said Ira’s Translator.

The program allows Ukrainians war refugees and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to our country and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole.

Clark hopes that her church inspires others and Central Texas to join uniting Ukraine as well. Clark said she’s hoping to bring four families to Copperas Cove. For more information about Uniting for Ukraine click here.