Newly arrived refugees and their children often fall through the socioeconomic cracks of American society. Due to language barriers, unfamiliarity with sociocultural norms and systems, and past trauma, refugee families face unique barriers to rebuilding life after resettlement. As a result, gaps between resettled families and the services and resources available to them are widening, and chronic disengagement with these communities is perpetuating their isolation.
Migrant families lack the meaningful support needed to navigate their new communities, and local service providers, agencies, elected officials, and residents are unfamiliar with the unique needs–and assets– of these populations. Connection to social support, consistent cultural fulfillment, and culturally-relevant services and resources upon arrival are directly correlated with improved social and institutional outcomes among refugee families.
Who We Are
After identifying gaps in the support services available to migrant families and the resulting inequities that befall them, refugee community leaders and town residents founded the Refugee Community Partnership. We are a community-driven organization working to build unique, holistic, and comprehensive support infrastructure for relocated families. All of RCP’s initiatives are born out of grassroots community assessments; from the start, we listen. Through community feedback sessions we regularly evaluate our efficacy, reflect on lessons learned, and make course changes as needed.
Our strategy centers around relationship-based empowerment to address challenges at all levels, including those of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and entire communities. Through this people centered approach, families are connected to a supportive network of volunteers that work together to holistically address immediate points of need while building personalized pathways to long-term goals. We combine the resources of dedicated volunteers, local service and resource providers, experts and professionals, and non-profit organizations to build a unique community support infrastructure that produces powerful and transformative relationships between relocated families and local stakeholders.
We believe that addressing access to services and resources is only one part of the picture. In order for refugee families to achieve success, the complex social environments in which they exist –and the power dynamics that characterize them–must be part of the lens. When done well, this approach embraces our complex social identities, histories, and truths as important determinants of success. We believe that learning happens in a social context, and how we learn is perhaps more influential in our outcomes than what we learn. In pursuit of this tenant, we promote co-learning, and the communities we work with as the experts of their own circumstances.
How You Can Help
Join our mailing list, follow us on Facebook, tell your friends and family. Chronic disengagement with refugee communities results in the social isolation that they experience. Stay connected.
We have numerous programs, and we’re always working to broaden the networks of support for refugee families. Send us an email and let us know what you’re interested in, what skills or expertise you can offer, or simply that you’d like to learn more.
Your time, talent, or treasure!