WRC provides immediate support to families who first arrive in Rhode Island. When refugees are greeted at the airport, they are provided with food from their native country, and receive cleaning supplies, toiletries, other household items, and clothes. WRC also works with Rhode Island resettlement agencies to ensure someone who speaks the language of the refugee welcomes them, is able to answer any questions the family has, and provides any immediate need they may have. Moreover, WRC conducts regular home visits to check on new families while they are settling in.
Education advocacy Program
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 monthly 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. There are also weekly therapy sessions for women who have experienced high levels of trauma.
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.
give A smile to your neighbor
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw many of the refugee families in Rhode Island struggle both financially and emotionally. Our newest program, Give a Smile to Your Neighbor, promotes community in difficult times while providing necessary resources to our families. Once per month, we distribute necessities like cultural food, fresh fish, feminine and hygiene products, kids toys, and much more, all while giving people an opportunity to gather safely outdoors.
holiday donation Drive
Every year, Women's Refugee Care holds a holiday donation drive. Before the holiday season, we collect gift and clothing donations for our newly arrived refugee families. If you would like to get involved, please contact Lindsey Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org