If you ask a child playing outside at the Parkview Gardens apartment complex in Riverdale, Maryland where he or she is from, you will get many different answers.
The children will name Nepal, Nigeria and Afghanistan, among others, as their homelands.
But they are all settling in and adding to the diversity of the community, only about 30 minutes from Washington, D.C.
For many, the apartment complex is their first permanent home after many years of living in refugee camps and temporary housing.
Sharif Ali Shafi is an American. He lives in the Parkview Gardens complex, too. He enjoys hearing the different languages, seeing colorful clothing and smelling unique foods.
I see the little kids playing. I think it's great, he said.
How did so many refugees settle in one place?
Credit goes to David Mendick. He is the manager of the complex. When the organization Catholic Charities asked if he would be willing to accept refugees as residents, he agreed to help.
Mendick was sympathetic. He had resettled multiple times himself. He lived in England and Israel before coming to the United States.
Since then, he has worked with other agencies looking for refugee housing.
Mendick said finding a place to live is not easy for refugees. The charities that help find housing often get turned away at other apartment complexes.
Nobody has been willing to do it, Mendick said. So we continue to do it.
And, Mendick said, the decision to accept refugees has been a good one. He said the new residents are glad to keep their homes in good condition after many years without a place to call their own. They also pay their rent on time.
Since the refugees are such good tenants, Parkview makes an effort to help them settle into life in the United States.
One apartment has been turned into a classroom for residents trying to learn English. Other residents get jobs working for the complex.
They bring so much to our company, so much diversity and so much talent. And in fact, now the upper management in this company is primarily refugee.
One of the property managers is Zemi Shabiu. She was a refugee 18 years ago when she moved to the U.S. to escape the war in Kosovo.
When they first come they all seem lost. For me it's very easy to say, you know what? Please do feel comfortable because I was in your shoes, you know? So I understand what you're going through.
Two residents say they are working to be comfortable in the U.S. after a long time living in refugee camps overseas.
Maan Alachawinnu and his family left Iraq and spent 10 years in a camp in Jordan. He said ISIS and militias made having a good life there hard.
Mukti Raj Gurung is from Bhutan. He spent almost 20 years living in a camp in Nepal.
He said his is glad to be in the U.S., where he is trying his level best to get into the mainstream of this country.
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1.If you ask a child playing outside at the Parkview Gardens apartment complex in Riverdale, Maryland where he or she is from,
be from 来自于
I'm from China.
The easiest way to capture a fortress is from within.
2.He enjoys hearing the different languages, seeing colorful clothing and smelling unique foods.
enjoy doing sth 享受做某事
You can usually tell that by asking, What do you enjoy doing?
Find something you enjoy doing and do it with regularity to establish a routine.
但他们都在这里落下脚来，为这个社群增添了多样性 。这里离华盛顿哥伦比亚特区只有30分钟的路程 。
谢里夫是美国人 。他也住在园景花园宿舍楼 。他很喜欢听不同的语言，欣赏五颜六色的穿着，闻各种独一无二的食物 。
这一切都要归功于大卫 。大卫掌管着这片公寓楼 。那时候，天主教慈善会问大卫，他是否愿意接纳难民孩子住在他那里，他表示愿意尽一份力 。
大卫很有同情心 。就连他自己也曾多次搬家 。在来到美国之前，他曾住在英格兰和以色列 。
大卫表示，为难民寻找住处并非易事 。为难民寻找住处的慈善机构经常会在其他的公寓群那儿吃闭门羹 。
大卫表示，没人愿意做这件事 。所以我们会继续做下去 。
他还说，接收难民的决定做得很对 。他说，这些新来的孩子们很愿意保持家里的良好环境，因为这么多年来他们一直没有一个像样的、属于自己的家 。他们还会按时交纳房租 。
其中一个公寓楼被改成了教室，让他们学习英语 。还有一些难民在公寓楼里谋得了差事 。
他们为我们的公司带来了太多，太多的多样性、太多的才能 。事实上，这家公司的高层已经主要都是难民构成的了 。
其中一个房地产经理名为Zemi 。18年前，她以难民的身份来到美国，躲避科索沃的战争 。
他们初来乍到的时候，感觉都很茫然 。对我而言，说句“放轻松，把这里当家，我理解你的心情，因为我理解你现在的处境”是很容易的一件事 。
马安和他的家人离开了伊拉克，他们在约旦的难民营里住了10年 。马安表示，IS和民兵组织让约旦的生活难以为继 。
慕迪来自不丹 。他在尼泊尔的难民盈利住了近20年 。
Dan Friedell为您播报 。