“With move to new facility, East Africans see ‘brighter future’ in Greeley”

22 Sep

By Chris Casey

Greeley Tribune, Sept. 22, 2010

With his bright smile and gentle manner, Asad Abdi personifies all that is good about the East African refugees in Greeley. Abdi has been a leader in the community since JBS USA, then Swift & Co., began hiring scores of East African refugees three years ago. He was a driving force in giving the 700 to 1,000 local refugees a place to gather, support each other and learn English in order to assimilate into American culture. Along with several elders from his homeland, Abdi launched the nonprofit East Africa Community in a small space at 938 13th St. in the summer of 2008. It only took a shift to a brick building a few blocks away, but Abdi is now more bullish — to use a completely American term — on the refugees’ prospects than ever before.

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