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Furnishing a Home for a Refugee Family

Did you ever wonder what happens on refugees' first day in America? How do they get from the airport to where they need to go? And where do they go?

Our staff and volunteers across the country do a lot of work to prepare for that first day.  We have to find an affordable apartment for the family; prepare for any medical needs they might have; think about schools and access to public transportation.

A huge part of what we do is prepare housing for newly-arriving refugees. In fact, roughly half of our volunteers are responsible for outfitting homes with basic furniture, household supplies, and groceries.

Refugees have survived so much to make it to their first day in the United States.  We want to make sure that they feel safe and truly welcome in our communities.  They have so much work before them in those first few months, our volunteers and staff want that first day to be memorable and give each refugee family real hope for the future. 

A group of local volunteers from USCRI's Albany Field Office recently helped get a refugee family's house ready for their arrival.  Take a first-hand look in the slideshow below.

To learn how you can help refugee families in your community realize their American Dream, contact one of our field offices or partner agencies near you >>

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