CNA staff and volunteers meet people upon arrival at the airport, find and furnish initial apartments, assist new arrivals in preparing for (and finding) employment and medical care, and helping them understand their new culture.
CNA provides referrals to language training, small group training in preparation for the US citizenship application exam and support for the development of self-government ethnic community-based organizations.
CNA staff and volunteers help educate the larger community regarding the difficulties faced by refugees during resettlement, the opportunities that exist to help, and the benefits that diverse and vibrant cultures bring to our community.
InterFaith Works’ Center for New Americans provides resettlement and post-resettlement services to help refugee families reestablish their lives and overcome the barriers to successful integration in their new communities. The program typically resettles 500-600 new refugees each year, and annually serves an additional 1,200 families who have been in the U.S. for less than five years. See the tabs below for programs, services and activities the Center for New Americans supports.
A Statement in Support of Settling Refugees
InterFaith Works affirms our commitment to providing a new start for refugees who have lost their homelands, farms, families, and lives to war, political repression, environmental devastation, and genocide. We understand and accept that settling refugees comes with organizational instability – arrivals can be interrupted by geo/political issues beyond our control, leaving the agency with the need to readjust and address uncertain or reduced funding.
But our agency was founded to leap “into the breach” of volatile, politically charged, and uncomfortable matters, as seen through our dedication to humanitarian service and our interfaith and ending racism dialogues. We accept budgetary struggles in exchange for the courage and affirmation of dignity for all that are hallmarks of our work. Our legacy lies with the people whose lives have been touched for the better.
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