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Rochester man says volunteering for an organization to help immigrants has changed his life

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A 75-year-old Rochester man is re-dedicating his life to helping an organization bring immigrants in to the U.S.

Three years ago, Irwin Solomon found an organization called “No One Left Behind.” They help translators who served in the U.S. Military come to the United States if they are in distress.

“I was hooked,” said Solomon. “The fact that they were directly person-to-person helping newly-arrived immigrants to Rochester and that they were making an impact in their lives.”

It hit home for him.

“Since I was a little kid, I’ve always realized that my grandparents were immigrants and the fact the probably 99.9 of everybody we know somehow their families immigrated from some other country.”

He now devotes everyday to the cause. Whether it’s bringing in immigrants or more volunteers. And despite his age, Solomon says the stories he hears keeps him motivated.

He says, “[One man told me] ‘Something has changed very much in my life’ and I said, ‘Well tell me what is that.’ And he said, ‘I can wake up every morning now and not worry about getting killed.’ That touched my heart.”

But most importantly, Solomon says he wants to show those who are weary about letting people into the U.S. that these are hard-working and kind people.

“Three years ago, I never would have thought that I would be spending a lot of my time getting to know and becoming friends with Muslims from Afghanistan and Iraq. Unheard of… but it’s happened and it’s wonderful.”

Solomon says though it seems he’s helped changed their lives, it was them whose changed his.

If you want to be apart of this organization, you can click here to learn more. http://nooneleft.org/ 

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