Efforts to house Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw hotel get increased funding

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A Lincoln travel company’s effort to help rescue hundreds of Ukrainian refugees in Poland has found it will be rescued. Since March, Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine has helped more than 1,200 Ukrainian refugees – mostly women, children and the elderly – by paying for their stay at the Hotel Felix in Warsaw, Poland. “We can’t solve the war. It’s beyond us. But we can show them that we have this love and this compassion, that we want to help,” Executive Travel owner Steve Glenn said. Glenn, a former Husker football player and Lincoln businessman helped raise over $1 million, $200,000 of which came from his own money. They brought over 100 volunteers to Poland to help feed, provide clothing and medical supplies, and provide support to refugees. But the funding was about to run out. suddenly we get the good news,” Glenn said. The news came in a text message just minutes before we were due to interview Glenn. “I just got it on my text. And it just says that the hotel and the city (of Warsaw) are going to cover the current rooms until February,” Glenn said. Glenn said this would allow them to continue transitioning their program to train refugees in hospitality industry so they can find jobs in Poland and other countries.”We are moving from temporary support to permanent support,” Glenn said.-Marharyta Shevchenko, one-year-old United States on a temporary visa. She is grateful that the program is being extended so that he can help others during winter health,” Shevchenko said. Penne Hanus and her husband are the host family’s sponsors. from Shevchenko to Lincoln. She visited Poland twice as a volunteer for Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine. “The Ukrainian people were so grateful. And they appreciated the help so much,” Hanus said. This is the second time the program has been rescued. In September, additional donors came in to extend funding. Displaced Ukrainians.

A Lincoln travel agency’s effort to help rescue hundreds of Ukrainian refugees in Poland has revealed it will be rescued.

Since March, Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine has helped more than 1,200 Ukrainian refugees – mostly women, children and the elderly – by paying for their stay at Hotel Felix in Warsaw, Poland.

“We can’t solve the war. It’s beyond us. But we can show them that we have this love and this compassion, that we want to help,” Executive Travel owner Steve Glenn said.

Glenn, a former Husker football player and Lincoln businessman, helped raise over $1 million, $200,000 of which came from his own money.

They brought over 100 volunteers to Poland to help feed, provide clothing and medical supplies, and provide support to refugees.

But the funding was about to run out.

“I was coming to the edge and I was ready to fall and all of a sudden we get the good news,” Glenn said.

The news came via text a few minutes before we were due to interview Glenn.

“I just got it on my text. And it just says that the hotel and the city (of Warsaw) are going to cover the current rooms until February,” Glenn said.

Glenn said it would allow them to continue transitioning their refugee training program into the hospitality industry so they can find jobs in Poland and other countries.

“We are moving from temporary support to permanent support,” Glenn said.

Some of that support also helps find sponsoring families and bring refugees like Marharyta Shevchenko, 26, to the United States on a temporary visa.

She is grateful that the program is being extended so that he can help others during the winter.

“I’m worried about what these people are going to do, and a lot of people have young children and aren’t healthy,” Shevchenko said.

Penne Hanus and her husband are godparents to Shevchenko’s foster family in Lincoln.

She has been to Poland twice as a volunteer for Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian people were so grateful. And they appreciated the help so much,” Hanus said.

This is the second time the program has been saved. In September, additional donors came to extend the funding.

“You can’t thank God enough for his hand of protection on this ministry of keeping this hotel open,” Hanus said.

Glenn said Operation Safe Harbor still needs donations for food and basic necessities for displaced Ukrainians.

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