At ReEstablish Richmond, we connect refugees to life-building tools and resources, helping their transition to be a positive and empowering experience. We work in collaboration with resettlement agencies, government services, faith communities and volunteers. We are committed to creating greater opportunities for refugees in Richmond by enabling access to services that benefit their future.

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Education/Employment

  • Language Skills
    • We connect refugees to low or no ­cost ESL/ESOL classes and English conversation at a variety of community institutions. See our regularly updated list of ESL/ESOL classes here.
  • Employment Development: 
    • We support refugees to advance professionally, develop employable skills, and connect to job opportunities through the use of volunteer mentors and community partner referrals. 
  • Educational Opportunities: 
    • We partner with three local colleges and universities, including Reynolds Community College, for educational opportunities for refugees.

Transportation

  • Bus Orientations:
    • A team of volunteers and staff teach refugees how to use GRTC to travel between home, work or school, and nearby shopping.
  • Learner's Permit Classes:
    • Our driving classes are taught with an interpreter and prepare refugees to take the Learner's Permit test at the DMV – the biggest obstacle to transportation independence. 
  • Behind-the-Wheel Referrals & Scholarships:
    • Through generous donations, we award scholarships to refugees to get practical driving experience with certified, local driving schools. 
  • Car Donations:
    • Occasionally, a car in good working order is donated to us. We make sure it goes to a refugee who is ready for car ownership. Reaching this level of transportation independence can be life-changing for a refugee family. 

Community Engagement

  • Volunteers:
    • We recruit, train, and match dedicated Richmond citizens to serve refugees and provide agency support to ReEstablish Richmond.
  • Refugee Care Coordination:
    • Our Outreach Coordinator, Laura Jones, receives referrals from local agencies and conducts an in-home intake process with prospective clients to asses their diverse needs.
  • Faith Communities:
    • Faith communities increase access to vital resources and build meaningful connections with refugees by hosting classes, welcome lunches, and other diverse community events.
  • World Refugee Day:
    • We annually host and coordinate over 30 specialized vendors and 100 volunteers to provide employment, health, immigration, safety, and transportation services to over 90 refugees and their families.