Special section - Part two
When Spokane’s Russian refugees traded life in their homelands for religious freedom, they took on a new set of challenges and problems.
They now must figure out how to support their large families while trying to learn English. Uncle Sam offers a monthly welfare check with one hand. His other hand wags a scolding finger for taking it.
When they go to work, they must learn the caprices of capitalism: layoffs and competition for jobs. Meanwhile, they watch their youngest children forget the Russian language and their teenagers adopt the customs of a freer society.
The thousands of immigrants from the former Soviet Union making their home in Spokane face a growing stereotype. Some Americans say they are ungrateful and too willing to take handouts.
Please turn to section H for the second part of a two-part special report called Journey of Faith. The first part ran in last Sunday’s Spokesman-Review.
A Russian translation of the special report will be available Monday. Please see page H3 for information on receiving a copy of the translation.
Also today, please see our editorial board’s challenge to the Russian community in an editorial on page A18.
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.