Women’s Refugee Care was created to be a center of support, exchange of resources, and preservation of culture for the African refugee community in Rhode Island while providing assistance to help integrate into the larger American society. Even though refugee families are expected to become self-sufficient within three months upon arrival in the United States, in reality, the process of achieving self-sufficiency is very slow due to numerous challenges such as language barriers, cultural orientation, employment, and adjustment difficulties. We provide direct service and connect to different service providers. The idea is to build the community.
Without livelihood opportunities to earn income, refugees often struggle to purchase basic necessities, including:
Clean and high-quality clothing to set them up for success as they begin looking for work, enrolling in schools, and restart their lives
Nutritious food to keep themselves and their families healthy and productive
Basic hygiene and cleaning supplies to keep and stay clean, especially as refugees are more vulnerable in a new world to disease and malnutrition and many more
Many of the women and children in our refugee families have also endured years of trauma and hardship, experiencing high levels of trauma, violence, and heavy histories with PTSD. Most families spent decades in refugee camps where life is terrible. As a result, they continuously need both mental health support via a professional therapist and thorough physical health check-ups by medical professionals. Parents also need information on schooling to ensure their children get the education they need and find a welcoming environment.
Therefore, these families need long-term, multidimensional support greater than the limited amount provided by the federal government. Women’s Refugee Care provides all of these resources and more while being a supportive and nurturing resource for African refugees.
By supporting Women’s Refugee Care, whether by making a donation, volunteering, or attending our events, you lend a hand in helping refugees gain citizenship, build their careers, find a rental home or purchase their own homes, create businesses, care for their families, and thrive to make lasting contributions to the community.