Tag: Liberia

State: Pennsylvania

City of Residence: Levittown, Pennsylvania

Country of origin: Liberia

Arrival in the U.S.: 1999

Mr. Joseph Sackor was two months away from graduating college when war broke out in Liberia and he and his family were forced to flee to neighboring Guinea. Before being resettled, Mr. Sackor served as the president of Liberia Refugee Students organization in Guinea, which provided support to UNHCR refugee schools in the early 1990s. He was resettled to the United States in 1999, and earned his GED shortly after. Mr. Sackor went on to earn a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems and International Business from Temple University, and a Dual Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems and Public Administration from Devry University. He currently lives in Levittown, Pennsylvania where he works as a senior systems analyst. Mr. Sackor is most proud of contributing to his community by organizing two medical mission trips to Liberia that brought in nearly $6 million worth of medication and medical supplies to the country combined.

Word for U.S.: Blessed.

State: Montana

City of Residence: Helena, Montana

Country of origin: Liberia

Arrival in the U.S.: 1994

Mr. Wilmot Collins is a refugee from Liberia who was forced to flee the Liberian civil war after the ceasefire collapsed and two of his brothers were killed by rebels and government soldiers. Mr. Collins arrived in the United States in 1994, and he now resides in Helena, Montana with his wife, daughter, and son. He is a Child Protection Specialist, an adjunct instructor at University of Montana-Helena, and serves as a member of the United States Naval Reserves. He is very civically active in Montana through his service as a board member for United Way of Lewis & Clark County, the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance, and for Lutheran Immigration & Refugees Service. Mr. Collins has an M.A. in Human Resources Management, and is working towards a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology at Waldon University. Of all his contributions to his community, he is most proud of his assistance and close involvement with the Soft Landing Organization in Missoula, Montana, and in bringing a branch resettlement branch of the International Rescue Committee to Montana.

To Wilmont, the U.S. means: Second chance

State: Delaware

City of Residence: New Castle, Delaware

Country of origin: Liberia

Arrival in the U.S.: 1992

Ms. Lourena Gboeah was resettled to the United States in 1992 when she was only four years old after her family fled the war in Liberia and the continuous harassment from government soldiers. Ms. Gboeah received her B.S. in Management from Rutgers University and her Masters of Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia. She now lives in New Castle, Delaware, where she works as a Care Manager Supervisor at Senior Community Services. She also volunteers with the Youth Empowerment Services Liberia program (YESLiberia), which promotes education for Liberian youth and assists with tuition payments for students at public schools.

Word for US: Opportunities

State: New York

City of Residence: Staten Island, New York

Country of origin: Liberia

Arrival in the U.S.: 1999

Mr. George Tarr and his family were forced to flee Liberia in 1998 during the brutal civil war where they were at risk of being targeted because of his grandfather’s work as a government official. In 1999 he was resettled to Staten Island, New York, where he currently lives and attends college. Mr. Tarr is passionate about working to assist other people who are facing overwhelming challenges. He has been very involved in African Refuge, a neighborhood non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk youth. He is also the youngest board member of African Refuge, where he has been instrumental in designing programs that bring the community together, including a housing program, a health education program, and a drop-in center for teens. He has also served as a peer counselor at the International Rescue Committee where he mentored newly-arrived refugee students. He is most proud of contributing to his community by organizing and designing a mural painting project that still adorns the wall of the African Refuge office. He explains that this mural symbolizes that, “no matter where we are form, we are all the same because under the sun; the human race is just one big family and no man is an island. We must work together if we want our community to reflect who we are in a positive light.”

Word for US: Imperfect