In October 2019, a young man called Tara Orlando of the FFOAS urgently requesting temporary accommodation. The community at Floyd stepped up and offered this man and his daughter housing. Since then, the FFOAS community have welcomed many more asylum seekers. As of now, 31 asylum seekers call Floyd, VA their home. The FFOAS community supports the asylum-seekers through donations that cover medical visits, legal advice, rent and transportation costs. Our community also volunteers transportation services and donations in kind in response to specific needs of the asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers in Floyd are skilled workers. Some of our resident asylum-seekers can paint or remodel homes, stain/build decks and create gardens. Their services are available for hire in the area. Some of their work at Floyd can be viewed in the gallery below!
Our wonderful residents are also amazing cooks. They serve up fresh tamales and empanadas bringing us a taste of their countries. Their cooking is also available for purchase at Floyd!
Our residents are also talented pinateros. Pinatas are an essential part of Latin American culture and are a fun addition to any celebration. Pinatas made by our resident pinateros are also available for sale. More pictures of their creations can be found in the gallery below.
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