IRUSA helps refugees start their new life in the United States.
One such project, called the Refugee Assistance Program, started in North Carolina in 2017, built to focus on refugees who have the most difficulty settling because of medical conditions or psychological trauma and low English proficiency. Refugees receive rent assistance and case management — guiding them through the services available and filling in gaps. Learn more about this program by listening to “‘What a Relief’ Podcast 71: A Little More Refuge for Refugees.”
Through previous programming, IRUSA volunteers have also been trained to welcome refugee families to their new communities, help them access local services, and show them around their new communities, as well as help with resume building and job searches.
In several partner programs now IRUSA helps refugees develop self-sufficiency. IRUSA works with Faith in Herndon, VA which provides refugee families with rental payment assistance as well as job certification, mental and health services. IRUSA supports RWN in Decatur Georgia in conducting training and leadership workshops for immigrant women to achieve self-sufficiency.
IRUSA also supports community resources for refugees with Arab American Association of NY, Somali Community Resettlement Services in San Diego, CA, Muslim Social Services in Baltimore, and Amaanah Refugee Services in Texas. Through the partnership the refugees benefit from educational seminars, employment services, ESL, case management and resource referral.