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MEDICAL

Arrange medical appointments for all family members and provide transportation. Children need vaccinations to begin school. Help the family apply for health insurance.

Donations

FURNISH

Furnish an apartment with all furniture and household supplies according to the family‚Äôs size

GROCERIES

Provide a hot meal the night of arrival and groceries to last a day. Make a follow-up home visit within 24 hours and take the family grocery shopping.

SUPPORT

Provide case management to respond to any unmet needs. Make available counseling services and support.

Identify Resources Available

APARTMENT

Find apartment at a fair market rate, in a safe neighborhood, with access to groceries, schools, transportation and services.

ORIENTATION

Cultural orientation begins on day one. Walk the family through emergency procedure and cultural norms the night of their first arrival.

CULTURE

Continue cultural orientation over the course of three official sessions and a final assessment. Cultural education and orientation should be ongoing with every interaction.

SCHOOL

Enroll children in school within 30 days. Provide ongoing school support, including educating parents on the US school system, interpretation at parent-teacher meetings, homework help and school supplies.

SOCIAL

Help the family apply for social services like cash assistance and food stamps. Obtain work documents: employment authorization and a Social Security card.

ENGAGE

Engage donations and volunteers. Connect the refugee with community resources.

Offer Time and Talent

BUDGET

Help the refugees sign their lease, register their mailbox, and sign onto utilities. Teach them how to use public transportation. Provide information on budgeting.

DIRECTION

Continue providing ELS, transportation, medical case management, transportation, interpretation services, school support, immigration services, cultural orientation.

NETWORK

Remain part of the refugees’ community and a primary contact as any life situations arise. Refugees lack a support system network when they arrive. We are the people they trust.

LANGUAGE

Enrolled the family in English (ESL)  classes. Most refugees arrive speaking little to no English. Provide interpretation for all appointments.

JOB

Arrange job interviews and ensure that the refugee secures employment.

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