Small local religious group at the forefront of helping Ukrainians | News, Sports, Jobs

Many people here and elsewhere, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have spoken of helping civilians displaced by the fighting.

But, as far as we know, only a handful of them have actually done anything about it.

Now comes Crossroads Fellowship, a modestly sized parish of about 30 people located at 101 Oakridge Drive.

This small group of hard-working people is raising money to sponsor a Ukrainian family who applied “humanitarian parole” in the USA. The church plans to welcome the family to Marquette.

“They are the first of what we hope will be several families we hope to sponsor,” said Karen Liimatta, wife of Pastor Andy Liimatta. “Our goal is to start by sponsoring a family, and once we get them established here or somewhere in the United States, once they have a job, know the ropes, know the ropes, integrated into our system and all their forms are filled out and everything, and then we’ll move on to another family.

Church officials have been in contact with U.S. Representative Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, who has also supported the effort.

Liimatta said once they learned that the federal refugee assistance program was open, she started researching the issue.

She found a lot of information on the USA/Canada/Americas Host, Sponsor, Help Ukraine Facebook page.

There were many factors, but she wasn’t discouraged.

Want to help? People can visit www.crossroadsmqtcom for the donation link, or call 906-362-4669.

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