While COVID-19 vaccinations have become widely available, several Harrisonburg organizations have stepped up efforts to help people in vulnerable communities — including immigrants and refugees, as well as those experiencing homelessness — overcome hurdles to get vaccinated.
Untapped Talents: Venezuelan couple trade medical and legal careers for food service and unloading boxes
After coming to the United States to escape a choked economy and volatile political environment in Venezuela, Eduardo and Rosa had the right to apply for work authorization from the U.S. government. Eduardo was a lawyer, and Rosa was a pediatrician in Venezuela. They obtained legal rights to work in the United States two years ago.
In the third installment of The Citizen’s “Untapped Talent” series, Adil Abdulrahman tells his story of leaving behind his life as a telecommunications engineer in Iraq
Imagine what it takes to go to college — and then maybe graduate school — to become an engineer, lawyer or doctor. Such careers bring prestige and provide reliable income pretty much everywhere across the globe.
More than 100 people assembled in Hillandale Park last Tuesday to greet each other and laugh, share desserts and drink coffee and tea. Some were Egyptian (they preferred coffee). Some were Kurdish (they preferred tea). And as the adults laughed, danced and talked in their separate pavilions, the children all played together — mostly baseball — and enjoyed Eid al-Fitr.