Vive Shelter (a Program of Jericho Road)

Vive is a program of Jericho Road Community Health Center, a nonprofit organization with no connection to the U.S. government. Vive provides shelter and assistance to refugees seeking asylum in Canada. The organization assists adults and families who have an anchor relative in Canada, and unaccompanied minors with parental permission but without anchor relatives, in obtaining asylum. Vive schedules appointments and interviews with the Canada Border Services Agency and houses refugees who are waiting for those appointments or interviews.

Vive charges $100 per week, a fee that includes registration, housing, meals, and access to medical care, legal services, and Wi-Fi. For taxi services to and from appointments with Canadian Border services, Vive charges $30 on the day of the appointment or interview.

The website provides a list of suggested documents, contains special information for children, and explains who Canada considers to be an “anchor relative” for purposes of asylum.

Mohawk Valley Resource Center For Refugees

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) assists refugees and immigrants, and individuals with limited English proficiency. MVRCR is partially accredited by the US Department of Justice and thereby authorized to represent clients before US Citizenship and Immigration Services and to complete immigration forms on clients’’ behalf. MVRCR provides advocacy, counseling, information, processing, and referrals for citizenship and immigration issues. It has a refugee resettlement program in Utica that has resettled more than 15,000 individuals in the city since 1981.

The organization also provides interpretation and translation services and training in cultural competency (for interactions involving health care, education, government services, and more).

MVRCR seeks to help its clients achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

Bethany Christian Services – Refugee and Immigrant Services

Helps with refugee resettlement efforts in West Michigan, including pairing unaccompanied minors with foster families. Offers a transitional living facility for youths, as well as employment services, English language classes, transportation assistance, and mentoring opportunities. Additionally, provides counseling for victims of trauma, including coordinating medical and legal services.

American citizens may also find information on how to support these efforts, and can learn more about the refugee crisis in the Middle East.

Website includes contact form, phone number, and address.

Virginia Department of Social Services – Office of Newcomer Services

Helps refugees achieve self-sufficiency and integration. Responsible for administering Virginia’s Refugee Resettlement Program. Resources for refugees include social services, settlement services, public benefit and employment programs and their qualifications. Lists service providers throughout the state. Eligible populations: refugees admitted into the US, asylees, Cuban or Haitian entrants admitted into the US, Afghans and Iraqis given special immigrant visas, victims of human trafficking, and children of Asian mothers and American fathers born between 1962 and 1975.

Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center

The Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of refugees by providing tools, resources, and support for health and mental health providers in order to better meet the needs of refugees in resettlement.
Through the RHTAC you can: Find basic information about refugees and their access to health care, learn about physical and mental health among refugees, download training materials and resources, join the mailing list to receive the newsletter, and attend webinars. Providers can also find resources for refugee clients in multiple languages.

Languages: Somali, Karen, Nepali, Arabic, Burmese, Kinyarwanda

Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center

Liberty in North Korea

Liberty in North Korea

LiNK is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, information, and resources for North Korean refugees. Rescue Teams in South Korea and Southeast Asia support North Korean refugees leaving North Korea or China. In South Korea and the United States, LiNK’s Resettlement Assistance Program connects resettling refugees to resources and support, including counseling, financial assistance, health services, and community gatherings.

‘America is my home, Reflections of a Refugee and Two Immigrants’ talk at Faxon Library

‘America is my home, Reflections of a Refugee and Two Immigrants’ talk at Faxon Library

Describes a recent panel hosted by West Hartford, CT’s Faxon Branch Library. The panel was made up of three local immigrants and refugees and focused on their experiences in their home countries and in coming to the US. Local resources for welcoming refugees to the West Hartford community were also highlighted. Pub. 3/1/17.

UUSC Refugee Support & Advocacy Toolkit

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee created this toolkit to help individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups mobilize in support of refugees. Contains four sections on: understanding the world’s refugee crisis, supporting refugees in your community, countering anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry, and advocating for refugee rights and integration. English, pub. 2016.

UUSC Refugee Support & Advocacy Toolkit