Ten young men ages 15-18 who are settling in the United States after fleeing alone enjoyed a meal and a show of support at their new home, Catholic-run Bridgewater Group Home in Bensalem. See our photo gallery, and read all about the program here. (Photos by Mark Cordero)
Msgr. Edward Deliman, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem which is nearby Bridgewater Group Home, blesses a meal for the young men at the home and guests Thursday, Jan. 7.
Some of the young men staying at Bridgewater play a card game.
Omar Alegria, administrator of Bridgewater Group Home, talks with reporters and guests.
One of the young residents uses a computer at the home run by Catholic Social Services.
A reporter speaks with one of the young residents of a Catholic Social Services group home for unaccompanied minor refugees.
Omar Alegria, the home’s residential manager, and Oscar Budejen, a Philadelphia business leader who was once a refugee, speak words of encouragement and inspiration to Bridgewater’s residents.
James Amato, secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Estelle Reyes Bugg of Catholic Social Services observe the peaceful environment of the group home and its residents.
Oscar Budejen, a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in South Philadelphia, offers advice to the young refugees staying at Bridgewater Group Home.