How to support resources & services for refugees
Afghan refugees have begun arriving in Arizona. More are expected to arrive in the coming months, in addition to the continued influx of asylum seekers at our southern border. Many of these families will need help securing food, hygiene and cleaning supplies, housing, and healthcare, as well as access to legal services, immigration help, and translation assistance.
Here are some organizations operating in Arizona that are working to help resettle refugees.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides vital support by helping newly-arrived Afghans, including those who worked with the U.S. in Afghanistan. These families arrive in the U.S. with few belongings and IRC provides support in finding them housing, food, home goods, and other basic needs to get them started in this country.
Catholic Charities Community Services
Catholic Charities is extending their refugee program during this time to provide much needed support for refugee resettlement services and unaccompanied minors/refugee foster care. In addition, they are seeking support for basic needs including hygiene and cleaning supplies for newly arriving families, diapers in all sizes, and preparation of culturally appropriate food/gift cards to shops that offer halal foods.
Valleywise Women’s Refugee Clinic
Valleywise Health fully supports refugee communities and their resettlement and are committed to offering them the care they deserve, the way they deserve it. The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic employees members of the refugee community as Cultural Health Navigators to serve as liaisons between the healthcare system and patients. These multilingual, multicultural individuals are incredibly valuable to our community offering interpretation services to patients throughout Valleywise hospitals.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross is supporting the repatriation efforts for thousands of people. As people arrive back in the U.S., Red Cross works are providing comfort and support including meals, hygiene kits, blankets and emotional support. The Red Cross is also working with its government partners to coordinate and provide additional basic need services depending on the individual immediate needs of these families.
Welcome to America Project
The Welcome to America Project celebrates refugees and accelerates their self-sufficiency by providing personal, meaningful welcomes and continued connections. They share transportation, technology and transformational resources to enhance success, so that refugees do not just resettle in our country, they find community and flourish. WTAP creates impact that lasts a lifetime for the refugees as well as the volunteers who serve.
ICNA Relief Arizona
Volunteers with lived experience will help rebuild, empower, and transition Afghan refugees by providing caring and compassionate service.
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Since 1975, LSS-SW has served some of the world’s most persecuted people living right here in Tucson and Phoenix. Their services include housing, case management, support for navigating transportation and basic public services, employment support, immigration support, K-12 education services, and more.
Phoenix Legal Action Network
PLAN is a nonprofit organization that advances justice for immigrants and their families in Arizona by providing free legal services and community education and partnering with immigrant-led organizations. PLAN, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee and local attorneys, is working to provide legal support to Afghans arriving in Maricopa County. At this time, PLAN is coordinating with legal clinics to assist Afghans in applying for legal status and understanding the immigration process and their rights.
If you are interested in donating to one of these organizations through your existing ACF fund, please login to ACF Connect to give online or call us at 602.381.1400 to connect with your relationship manager.