WHO IS A REFUGEE?

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their country because of war, violence, or persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political views. As of 2018, over 70.8 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes – more than half of whom are children. Those who must cross an international border in order to seek sanctuary are eligible to apply for refugee status. The vetting process is a long and grueling one. Only 1% of applicants will be resettled in a third country. The criteria is vulnerability.

 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Refugees sensitize us to issues far away and close to home. Refugee voices matter, adding value to the greater community. Refugees themselves bring creative energy, determination, a wealth of experience, and a depth of perspective to their new communities. The long journey of resettlement begins when refugees arrive in their new country and continues until they are fully integrated in the community. Doing it alone is possible, but having community partners involved in the process increases the chances of success and benefits everyone.

 

WHAT WE DO

We connect our resettled neighbors to life-building tools and resources, helping their integration to the community 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.

 

 

Pierre* has just been relocated to Richmond from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He needs to learn how to use public transportation in order to get to his job and navigate around the city.

 

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$25 allows refugees to apply for jobs around the city by teaching them how to use public transportation.

Fatima* has come to America from Afghanistan, a country torn apart by violence. Her husband recently died from a heart attack. She needs a translator to accompany her to social service and hospital appointments.

 

*name has been changed to protect identity of client

 

$50 allows refugees to feel heard and understood by providing language interpretation services.

Maysa* has come to the United States with her mother.  Her mother wants to provide for her and needs to find work. But first she needs to attend educational courses and job preparedness training.

 

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$100 allows refugees access to educational courses in transportation and job preparedness.

Zakria* has come from the Sudan in order to start a new life. He needs to prepare for the learner’s permit test. Once he passes the test, he also needs behind-the-wheel instruction and driving practice.

 

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$200 allows refugees to become safer drivers by providing behind-the-wheel instruction by a certified driving teacher.