Racine group prepares to bring Afghan refugees from Fort McCoy to Southeast Wisconsin

NOW: Racine group prepares to bring Afghan refugees from Fort McCoy to Southeast Wisconsin

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- It's been nearly two months since Afghan refugees arrived at Fort McCoy.

Now, some of them are preparing to leave the base for a new home.

Around 13,000 Afghan refugees are currently at Fort McCoy waiting to get their papers and be allowed to settle in the U.S. 

The Racine Interfaith Coalition is leading the effort to bring some families to Southeast Wisconsin.

Tuesday night, Oct. 12, they held their first of several strategy meetings on bringing in those Afghan refugees.

"Number one, we have to start gathering money," said Linda Boyle, co-president of the Racine Interfaith Coalition. "Number two, we have to start finding possible housing. Number three, we have to start thinking about your friends and yourself being mentors whenever the families do arrive."

They say Afghan refugees should start arriving later in the fall or early winter.

If you'd like to be a part of this resettlement effort, click here for more information. 

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