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Our Program

ICNA Relief’s Refugee Program is designed to rebuild, empower, and transition refugees by providing caring and compassionate service to victims of adversities and survivors of disasters. It is our goal at ICNA Relief to transition refugee families into a comfortable lifestyle in American society.

Our work begins even before the arrival of the family. We contact the resettlement agencies to gather information regarding the size of the family the ages of the children, and anything else important that would help us prepare for their arrival. To see a default list of what is included in a Welcome Package click here.

At ICNA Relief we do our best to get all the necessary furniture ready for the refugee families as soon as they arrive. ICNA Relief either sponsors the family with donations or has the furniture delivered directly to the family’s place of stay. By providing furniture, ICNA Relief allows the family to use their allocated Welcome Money, limited amount of money given by the government to help settle in, on other urgent necessities until they find a stable income.

Throughout our network of food pantries, we distribute thousands of pounds of food every week to the refugees. Before the arrival of the families, our ICNA Relief team fill the pantries and fridges, then we register them in the food pantry so they can come and collect food when they need it. Amount of food depends on the severity of the case and the size of the family.

Since most of the refugees go through a lot of trauma and hardship before they arrive here they will definitely need mental health care. Our counselors start their job by visiting the new arrivals and listen to their problems and design a special program to fit their situation. Some families need one to one sessions while others can attend general sessions.

Throughout our network of health clinics, we distribute free healthcare, essential vaccines, and health information for new families. Our caseworkers also work to connect families to clinics that can help further health needs.

In the beginning of September ICNA Relief teams start the campaigns for winter clothes, shoes and blankets. We collect the brand-new clothes from our donors then separate them into different ages group and then go distribute them between the refugees with the blankets. Most of the time students from different schools sponsor this project. In year 2020, ICNA Relief distributed winter clothes and blankets to over 1000 refugee families.

Refugees are asked to pay back the airfare it took to bring them to the US. Resettlement agencies only pay for first and last month’s rent. Many refugee families are left homeless and in-depth only a couple of months after their arrival. This is why ICNA Relief offers Case Management. Case Management addresses these vulnerabilities of refugee families while providing individual counseling on how to access social services and work towards self-sufficiency.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime. ICNA Relief hosts a plethora of workshops to train individuals in income – baring trades. Our workshops include sewing classes, computer proficiency, and more.

Getting around is so necessary, but becomes such a challenge if you don’t have a license or a vehicle to drive. ICNA Relief has a vehicle donation program where we connect refugee families to donated cars and teach them to drive. We also help families obtain bus passes where needed and connect refugees with volunteer drivers.

One of the biggest challenges for refugee families is language. Imagine trying to be a part of society without being able to read, speak or understand the language. It is hard! That is why we provide ESL classes and translation assistance for new refugee families.

Getting around is so necessary, but becomes such a challenge if you don’t have a license or a vehicle to drive. ICNA Relief has a vehicle donation program where we connect refugee families to donated cars and teach them to drive. We also help families obtain bus passes where needed and connect refugees with volunteer drivers.

One of the most important projects that ICNA Relief does is help refugees to start their own businesses. In the past few years we distributed over 100 sewing machines to several families, we bought hair salon furniture for a number of refugee ladies, helped a few start their own catering service, offered tools for handymen to start painting business and others to start mowing business, and offered supplies to several teachers to start tutoring. We also assist in advertising their businesses.

ICNA Relief pairs refugee families with local friends to provide guidance and support through their transition.

How You Can Help!

ICNA Relief’s Refugee Program needs you! Get involved by helping integrate these families into their new homes and society. Here is how:

Sponsor a refugee family by using the donation box below!

  • $500 a month can help with 2 twin mattresses, kitchen/bathroom supplies, microwave, vacuum, and cleaning supplies.
  • $250 a month can help microwave, vacuum, kitchen/bathroom supplies, and cleaning supplies.
  • $100 a month can help with pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, and personal hygiene products.

Many families are simply looking for a friendly face, a friendship, a mentor.

Becoming a mentor can consist of anything from monthly social visits, advice on how to navigate the school systems, or sharing recipes. These are families that have left everything behind to start a new, better, life in the land. Let’s be that helping hand and that friendly face.

To learn what mentoring involves, contact us today!

We’re always looking for in-kind donations that will help families settle into their new homes!

Collect canned unperishable foods, or download our homes essentials list to collect at you local community! ICNA Relief also organizes an annual winter coat drive. Organize your own and share the warmth with new refugee families.

Please see our office locations below for a drop off.

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Refugee Services Accomplishments

December 2022

ICNA Relief Helping
International Refugees in the US

ICNA Relief MFS Program continues to serve refugees from various countries. In the last quar-ter, we focused on the following items:
Winter gears distribution: Hundreds of free winter jackets, blankets, shoes, pajamas, hats, gloves, socks, and other winter apparel distributed free of cost to refugees from multiple countries.
MFS is serving U4U Ukrainian clients through our resettlement program UHP as a partner with LIRS. Service provided were in following areas:
• Work authorization application
• Public benefits application and SS
• Medical screening and school enrollment
• Referrals to employment program
• Cultural orientation, mental health and legal as-sistance referrals
• Emergency housing support (if necessary)
• Daily new household supplies, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, furniture distribution for new refugee families.
After serving hundreds of students with ESL, citi-zenship, tutoring classes. ICNA relief is starting 2023 new registration.

ICNA Relief WA Chapter Signs MOU
with International Rescue Committee

ICNA Relief Muslim Family Services signed an MoU on Dec. 6, 2022 with International Refugee Committee (IRC), WA to focus on areas including ESL classes, women empowerment, care for foster children and counseling services. Other achieve-ments in the last quarter from Seattle include:
• Partnership with the Afghan Kabul Washington Association helping Afghan families in need.
• 22 families referred to Muslim Community Re-source Center (MCRC) in Redmond to receive rental/utility assistance.
• One family was the recipient of car donation.
• Referred 5 families from Seattle to VA-ICNA Relief virtual ESL Program.

Refugee Services Data for 2nd Quarter

Month/Services Jan Feb Mar April May
No. of Cities 25 25 56 60 60
Clients Served 2494 2629 1842 1395 1809
Volunteer Hours 371 286 1100 564 545
Case Management 638 615 610 1863 768
Job Placements 47 172 12 45 10
Cars Provided 5 3 2 3 0
Homes Furnished 197 168 60 46 235
In-kind Donations Received $280,962 $190,130 $120,117 $122,300 $30,647
Value of Services Provided $290,237 $196,830 $147,617 $136,400 $44,272
Students in ESL sewing, computers, etc 402 435 647 650 624

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