Brotherly Love

By USCRI March 4, 2021

Volodymyr and his wife Oleksandra arrived in the U.S. as refugees from Ukraine in 2019, after suffering years of persecution because of their religion. “My wife and I are very thankful to USCRI for helping us come to the U.S. and move into our apartment,” he says. Anxious to support themselves, they looked for work immediately. But then, the pandemic happened.

“I don’t like doing nothing,” continues Volodymyr, “so I offered to help around the apartment building for free.” Landlord Philip Crane provided the materials, and Volodymyr busied himself with painting and other handyman jobs. Impressed with Volodymyr’s work and concerned for his well-being, Philip offered Volodymyr a job as a maintenance worker at his company. Now a successful business owner, Philip himself was once a refugee, one of thousands of children rescued from Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in “Operation Babylift.”

“America is truly the land of opportunity,” Philip explains, “and many good people have helped me get where I am today. I like giving something back, and to put a smile on someone’s face every day. As for Volodymyr,” he adds, “I can’t even start to express how much I appreciate him and his work ethic. Everyone at my company absolutely loves him! So, you see, it is not him that is blessed. It is me that is blessed to have found him.”

The bond between these friends is mutual. “Philip is a great man,” says Volodymyr. “I will forever appreciate the opportunity he has given me to work hard and support myself to build a better life here in the U.S.”

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