Women’s Refugee Care acts as a center of support, exchange of resources, and preservation of culture for the African refugee community in Rhode Island. Refugee families are expected to become self-sufficient within three months of arrival in the US. However, we know that the process of achieving self-sufficiency is very slow because of challenges like language, cultural orientation, employment, and adjustment difficulties. We provide case management, direct service and connections to different service providers. The main focus is to build the community.

Newly arriving refugees often struggle to purchase basic necessities. WRC helps provide things like:


  • 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 PTSD. Most families spent decades in refugee camps where life is extremely hard. As a result, WRC provides both mental health support in the form of therapy and empowerment, as well as physical health check-ups with medical professionals. Parents also need information on schooling to ensure their children get the education they need and find a welcoming environment.



These families need long-term, multidimensional support greater than the limited amount provided by the federal government. Women’s Refugee Care steps in to provide 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, all while preserving their cultural identity and building community.