Refugee Resettlement: Reception & Placement
CWS builds on its initial resettlement programming through integration programs that extend services to refugees past the initial 90-day resettlement period.
In 2016, CWS assisted more than 3,100 refugees in 27 communities across the U.S. to achieve early self-sufficiency within six months of arrival through the Matching Grant Program. Refugees enrolled in the program receive modest financial support while they participate in the extended case management and employment services needed to familiarize them to the U.S. labor market, learn how to find and succeed in jobs, and address barriers to employment. By leveraging refugees’ strengths, the Matching Grant Program has a remarkable success rate; this year, 87 percent of refugees were self-sufficient through employment six months after arrival. Local communities match every two dollars provided by the federal government with one dollar of contributions of time, goods and financial support. In Fiscal Year 2016, local communities will contribute more than $3 million to support refugees’ early self-sufficiency.
CWS provided more than 1,700 of the most vulnerable refugees in 15 communities with individualized, intensive services through the Preferred Communities Program. These services include intensive case management, intensive community orientation, alternative wellness programming and community engagement. All services are marked by their attention to a collaborative, strengths-based, extended and holistic approach. By the conclusion of services, refugees have achieved the goals set out in their service plan and are able to independently navigate their communities. Recognizing that improving integration outcomes requires support and capacity within the receiving community, the program engages in targeted partnership development and community partner training to ensure that refugees have access to appropriate services.
The Refugee AmeriCorps program enhances mutual understanding between refugees and their new U.S. community through intensive community orientation. In 2016, 11 full-time AmeriCorps members in nine communities committed to a year of service to offer in-depth, interactive, localized orientation to newly arrived refugees and build capacity within the local community to work with refugees. Intensive community orientation focused on the areas of housing, health and employment, which are identified pillars of successful resettlement and integration. Through increased mutual understanding, refugees will be able to independently navigate their communities, maintain a stable and safe environment and ultimately achieve long term integration.
CWS received $6,245,800 through competitive funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant # 90RV0069. The project will be financed with 67 percent of federal funds and 33 percent ($3,122,900) by non-governmental sources. The contents of this Annual Report are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
Preferred Communities Program
CWS received $1,585,215 through competitive funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grants # 90RP0109. The project will be financed with 100 percent of federal funds and zero percent ($0) by non-governmental sources. The contents of this Annual Report are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
Los Angeles, Calif.
New Haven, Conn.
Delray Beach, Fla.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jersey City, N.J.
Fort Worth, Texas