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.
How You Can Get Involved
ICNA Relief’s Refugee Program needs you! Get involved by helping integrate these families into their new homes and society.
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!
Host a drive
- 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 Click Here.
- $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.
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 the button below.
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.
The Transition Process
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 – bearing 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.
ICNA Relief provides refugees with the necessary skills and knowledge to secure employment and establish self-sufficiency in their new communities. The program offers a range of services and resources to assist refugees in developing job-readiness skills
ICNA Relief has been actively assisting refugees in starting their own businesses. Over the years, we have provided more than 100 sewing machines to multiple families and purchased hair salon furniture for refugee women. We have also supported individuals in establishing their own catering services, provided tools for handymen to start painting businesses, and assisted others in launching mowing businesses. In addition, we have provided supplies to several teachers who want to start tutoring services.
Many families are simply looking for a friendly face, a friendship, a mentor. ICNA Relief pairs refugee families with local friends to provide guidance and support through their transition. To learn what mentoring involves, contact us today!
Become a Volunteer Today
Volunteering with ICNA Relief is an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of people in crisis, while also gaining valuable skills and experiences.
We’ve Served over 58,000 Refugees
In 2022, ICNA Relief organized the Refugees Roundtable Conference in Virginia, which was attended by 56 organizations agreeing for ICNA Relief to act as a bridge between different organizations to complement each other on resettling refugee initiatives. ICNA assisted in resettling the refugees with capacity building, and refugee status adjustment. The partnership between ICNA Relief and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) comprises representatives from public, private, and nonprofit organizations. This partnership aims to support
newcomers and their families in attaining overall health and wellness by increasing awareness of community resources and accessibility tomedical and behavioral health services.
Helping Refugees All Over the US
ICNA Relief provides assistance to refugees in 20 different states including Washington, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Boston, Louisiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Nevada, and North Carolina.
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Refugee Care Package – Level 1
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News & Updates
Refugee Services Accomplishments
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.