The number of people forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution is unprecedented in human history. Of the 65+ million currently displaced, 20 million are living outside of their countries as refugees.
Through our Bridge Builders program, volunteers and families work together one-on-one. Trust is the secret ingredient to the impactfulness of our approach, and requires time, consistency, and friendship-making to develop. As a result, transformative relationships are built, and they can last a lifetime.
Families and volunteers cook for one another at our Family Dinners. Sharing culinary traditions is a powerful way to celebrate and preserve cultural heritage and identity, and develop deeper understandings of our unique stories that shape the ways we interact with the world around us.
Reclaiming Public Spaces
Parents, children, volunteers, and staff design Family Field Days to address social isolation and redevelop a sense of safety in public spaces. While kids and volunteers play, parents and staff discuss community needs, brainstorming ways for RCP to adaptively fill gaps. Here, communities are playing a lead role in addressing the issues that profoundly affect them.
A Syrian family is meeting with an attorney when their confusion surfaces. They've seen headlines about deportations and a travel and refugee ban. They're here legally, but they're nonetheless convinced that government officials will soon knock on their door. Hayes says that, at the dawn of the Trump era, this sort of anxiety is commonplace among the three hundred-plus refugees RCP serves.
President Donald Trump's executive order banning Syrian refugees and both immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries has led to an influx of donations and activism nationwide. Ellen Andrews, director of the Church World Service office in Durham, said their offices have been flooded with emails and phone calls from people wanting to help...
Orange County is home to an estimated 1,200 refugees, mainly from Burma and Thailand, and more recently from Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. About 15 new refugees arrive every month. Refugees often do not speak English, lack documentation of their previous education or work and are not familiar with U.S. social systems, says...