Students help refugees move out of Glenbrook Apartments

BOISE -- The trash bins were overflowing. Boxes, trash bags and laundry baskets were piled into cars. The 30-day notice period is up for people forced to leave their Glenbrook Apartment. 

"I lived two years here, at this apartment," said Abdirahmaan Awil Khaire, a refugee living at Glenbrook, "I like it here, but I move."

A new owner bought the Glenbrook Apartments and plans to renovate them. Early September, people living there on month-to-month leases were given 30-day notices terminating their tenancy. Many residents are refugees.

"I thought it was really unfair for these people," said Jace DeGrange, a Centennial High School senior.

For families moving Saturday, there was a little extra help. The Agape Youth in Action group and several high school football players teamed up with Katie Seide, a youth group leader. A U-Haul, some manpower and some ice cream later, the group helped several families move to new apartments.

Borah High School student Kuei Ring empathized with the families looking for new homes.Her family is from South Sudan. 

"I came here at a really young age and my mom. She got a lot of help so if something like this happened, we wouldn't know what to do," said Ring, "My mom always told me if you don't see good people, then become one."

It's a story a Centennial High School football player can relate to.

"I am also a refugee and so I just think it's nice to give back and help out because it's such an unfair situation that they are in," said Victor Ngalamulme.

Seide said she got the idea to help with moving from reaching out to the International Rescue Committee. Siede said the IRC needed donations and manpower.

"Even though you may be one person, maybe you don't have the economic resources, maybe you are limited on what you feel you can do, coming together, everybody can do something to help," said Seide.

The property management company, Verity, has told KTVB previously that residents working to find a new apartment can stay a little while longer until those homes are ready, and people on longer leases can fulfill those agreements.

 

 


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