For many of us, offering direct support to refugees is the most satisfying part of our work. Although there are fewer refugees being admitted to the U.S. this year, there are also many refugees and asylees that have already been resettled in the U.S. that can benefit from occasional support. To respond to this, Westchester Refugee Initiative launched the Helping Hands program.
Helping Hands aims to assist refugees who are no longer in the initial resettlement period but find themselves needing help from time to time. It is a “matching” program, connecting refugees with volunteers looking to be supporters of and advocates for the refugee community. Local partners Catholic Charities and HIAS will identify the needs and support volunteer vetting and training of WRI supporters-- over one thousand volunteers who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.
Helping Hands gives individuals, families, and organizations the opportunity for meaningful interaction with a refugee family in need. Assistance might range from a clothing drive, the collection of toiletries, or the donation of gift cards for gas or diapers, to assistance with medical appointments, language classes, job training, job searches, or even a housing search. Helping Hands discerns need, small or large, and tap into a robust volunteer database to provide solutions.
This program will boost our recently resettled neighbors, engage our volunteers and ultimately strengthen the welcoming movement in Westchester County.
Would you, your church or social/civic group, family members have time to step up to help those in these vulnerable populations?
To read about current cases, please see our Case Summary.
To apply to support one of the individuals or families, please complete this Application.
For questions and to send in applications, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.