Meet Season for Caring partner agency: Caritas of Austin

The Fazal Ahmad family -- Mukhtar Abdul Jabbar, 19, left, Feroza Abdul Jabbar, 12, Palwasha Abdul Jabbar, 17, Uliya Fazal Ahmad, 48, Nazi Abdul Jabbar, 15, and Nisar Abdul Jabbar, 16 -- arrived from Afghanistan last summer. They are enjoying  a meal at their apartment  in Austin.   Rodolfo Gonzalez/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Fazal Ahmad family — Mukhtar Abdul Jabbar, 19, left, Feroza Abdul Jabbar, 12, Palwasha Abdul Jabbar, 17, Uliya Fazal Ahmad, 48, Nazi Abdul Jabbar, 15, and Nisar Abdul Jabbar, 16 —
arrived from Afghanistan last summer. They are enjoying a meal at their apartment in Austin.
Rodolfo Gonzalez/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Each year, Season for Caring partners with local nonprofit agencies and invites them to nominated up to three families. Caritas of Austin has been part of Season for Caring for the past three years.

Caritas serves thousands of families and individuals who do not have a stable place to call home. Through comprehensive, relationship-based services, Caritas of Austin turns crisis into stability and empowers people toward the life they want. It believes that a thriving community derives its strength from providing all members the opportunity to be self-reliant.

This year, Caritas nominated Uliya Fazal Ahmad and her five children. Fazal Ahmad fled Afghanistan after the death of her husband. Family fighting over a proposed marriage for her then 14-year-old daughter ended in Fazal Ahmad being pushed and sustaining a broken ankle. After a stay in Pakistan, the family was able to secure refuge status in the United States and came to Austin in July. Now they are working on learning English, going to school or getting job training. Read more about this family here .

Their wish list:

Sewing machine; air conditioner repair training for Mukhtar; a bigger kitchen table and six chairs; medical care for Uliya; a laptop; taxi vouchers; drivers’ education for Mukhtar; English and school tutoring for the children; additional living room furniture, such as a couch, chairs and a coffee table; TV; pillows; dishes; pots and pans; a pressure cooker; a microwave; lamps; a cellphone; gift cards to H-E-B; gift cards to Payless ShoeSource, Wal-Mart and Ross Dress For Less for winter clothes and shoes.

Find out more about Caritas of Austin or give an item on the family’s wish list by contacting the agency at P.O. Box 1947, Austin, Texas, 78767-1947. 512-646-1277, caritasofaustin.org

To give a monetary donation, go to the donation page at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.