Refugees and their families need access to continued focused services after the initial six month resettlement period.
The 1951 the Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees established legal standards for refugee protection, with the agreement of the United States. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also established in 1951 is the branch of the United Nations responsible for international protection of refugees to the United States. The U. S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952 authorizes the admission and resettlement of refugees to the United States.
According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s data for Fiscal Year 2011, there were 56,419 refugee arrivals into the United States. Texas, the second highest recipient, received 5,623 of those refugees. The State Refugee Coordinator at Texas Health and Human Services Commissions posts the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2012, Refugee Program arrivals at a total of 3,598.
HHCharities has accepted the opportunity to reach into the refugee community and establish a Core Resource Assistance Center for the refugees that will guide them beyond their 6 – 8 month resettlement experience. Our organization will perform long-term resource assistance to empower the refugees with successful integration and guidance into the United States socially, culturally, and educationally; decreasing their language barriers.
Humanitarian Hands Charities (HHCharities) performed an assessment of needs with local refugee resettlement agencies.
- Necessity of continued focused services after initial six month resettlement period
- Grant restrictions to assist beyond six months resettlement period
- Need to provide concentrated services in the post-resettlement period
HHCharities has accepted the opportunity to reach into the refugee community and establish a Core Assistance Center for the refugees that will guide them beyond their six month resettlement experience. Our organization will perform long-term assistance to empower the refugees with successful integration and guidance into the United States socially, culturally, and educationally; decreasing their language barriers and vulnerability.
To serve as a leader in impacting refugees in our local communities by providing cultural mentorships to enhance their transition from refugee status and pave their path to becoming self- sustaining, empowered citizens.
- To operate with irreproachable integrity and loyalty
- To strive for excellence in the quality of humanitarian services provided to the refugees
- To apply the highest standards in assisting the refugees
- To expand reliable and sustainable humanitarian service to the refugees in our communities
- To serve with honesty in stewardship over financial matters
- To treat our collaborative partners with respect and value their contributions
- To provide structural avenues that will solve issues for successful refugee integration
- To provide sustainable funding for staff and necessary tools to facilitate operations
- To develop a network of philanthropic people and partners compassionate about our mission
- To build the brand of Humanitarian Hands Charities as a community recognized organization
Major Goals-Short Term
- Provide Cultural Mentorships
- Provide Workshops on Nutrition, Financial Literacy
- Provide Law Enforcement Awareness Classes
- Provide ASL classes for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Provide Intermediate and Advanced ESL Classes
Major Goal-Long Term
- Form collaborative partnership with Richardson Independent School District (RISD) assisting refugee youth with bullying, cultural stigmatisms, self-esteem
- Utilize support teams functioning as cultural mentors
- Sourcing organizations for funding that have a business presence for refugee assistance
- Involve local universities with an internship program utilizing volunteers for special projects
- Utilize retired educators to provide solutions for gaps in refugee educational integration
- Form a nutritional team to increase refugee knowledge of balanced nutrition
- Strengthen awareness and vulnerability of the deaf refugee community
- Assist refugees with sustainable financial literacy
- Increase refugee awareness of US laws and fraud issues
- Decrease the English language barriers
- Become viable support system for RISD refugee youth