WRC provides immediate support to families who first arrive in Rhode Island. They greet refugees at the airport, provide them with food from their native country, and provide them with cleaning supplies, toiletries, other household items, and clothes. WRC also works with Rhode Island resettlement agencies to make sure someone is there who speaks their language to answer any questions they have. WRC also conducts regular home visits to check on new families.
WRC works to assist families so that every refugee child is in school and learning. This work entails sensitizing school administrators and teachers on the unique background of refugee children. It also involves educating the parents and children that have newly arrived in the US about the education system, how to enroll, and what expectations there are for the children in school. WRC will also be a student’s advocate with a school if the parents are not in a position to do so because of language or lack of understanding of their child’s rights. Further work includes providing tutoring support to children.
Women's Empowerment Group
With the aim to promote gender equity and empower women, WRC facilitates a peer-to-peer support group for refugee women. The group provides a safe space where the women have the opportunity to speak openly about their experiences and receive information about health, hygiene,
safety, American culture and more.
WRC aims to provide each recently settled refugee family with a mentor. This mentor forms a bond with the family and helps them with adapting to the culture, learning the language, and showing them around Providence. WRC's goal is for the mentor to provide support to the refugee family and to be there for them during a stressful time. The mentor program fosters a greater connection between the refugee community and the greater community.