WSU med student mentors refugees


Now in his second year of medical school at Wright State University, T.J. Klein of Dayton has an extremely busy schedule. Having always had an interest in humanitarian causes, however, Klein was looking into doing some volunteer work when he heard about a refugee mentoring program sponsored by Catholic Social Services.

What he does: Klein volunteers from two to eight hours a week mentoring a family of Nepali refugees who arrived in Dayton last March. The family, which includes 11 members, previously lived in refugee camps. They welcomed Klein into their lives to help them adjust to life in the United States.

“The mentoring program is designed to help families get oriented to living here,” Klein said. “So many things that come second nature to us are not for people living in refugee camps their entire lives.”


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