Ukraine-Russia War: 2 Temple Law Students Travel to Warsaw, Poland to Help Refugees
Patrick Long and Joe Hogan, both residents of Bucks County, said they felt compelled to help since they both have the resources and such a large Ukrainian population makes up this part of our area.
“I called Patrick and said, ‘I think for spring break I’m going to go to Poland and help. And he said, ‘If you go, I’m going,'” Hogan recalled.
Long and Hogan met a friend for the first time in Warsaw, Poland this week.
“We got in a car and drove to the border. We had no idea what we were getting into… Polish border guards are really helpful with refugees. It’s a very process. ordered,” Long said.
The law students connected with the global non-profit organization World Central Kitchen. They are helping the organization identify places to turn into larger reception centers as the number of refugees is expected to skyrocket.
Long described the feeling of seeing refugees crossing the border to safety:
“It felt like a human moment because you were there and just held your heart out to them, and they came to you. It was a human moment.”
Both men said they are also putting their legal skills to good use and hope to continue to help legally even after they return to the United States.
“The funding is there, so the question is how do we put a mechanism in place to make sure that we spend those funds in the best way possible to make sure that we can have affordable housing in a way that helps people make the transition to a better life? said Long.
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