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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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