Did you know that Utah has resettled an estimated 65,000+ refugees from more than 20 countries? But arriving in Utah is not the end to a refugee’s struggles, as this article from the Deseret News shows. Refugees need help integrating into our communities, finding good jobs so they can afford housing and basic needs for their families, and other services to ensure that their new life is not as wrought with fear as the life they bravely fled from.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Give time, money or needed supplies to any of the following organizations and programs.
Salt Lake’s Know Your Neighbor Program aims to integrate the welcoming community and Utah’s refugee population by pairing volunteers with refugee families that live in Salt Lake City. Volunteers are asked to help guide refugee families in areas such as education, health care, and finance, assist the family to access local services and resources, and act as a friend.
The International Rescue Committee of Utah – Besides donations, IRC is always in need of individuals and groups for volunteer projects, such as clothing and food drives or packaging welcome kits for newly arriving refugees.
Catholic Community Services of Utah – Another resettlement organization. Donate or consider volunteering as an individual or group.
Utah Health and Human Rights – Offers holistic services, such as co-located and highly-specialized mental health, medical, legal, and case management services, to refugees and asylum seekers who have survived torture and severe war trauma, as well as training for those who work with or may encounter torture survivors in Utah.
One Refugee helps refugee students pursue a degree from a local college by providing money for refugee education, enrollment counseling, tutors and opportunities for social networking. Donate or volunteer for the online mentor program.
For more ideas of how you can help, check out this article, “8 ways you can help refugees in Utah right now“.