WRC provides immediate support and necessary items for refugees when they first arrive in RI to help with their transition into the US. For example, they greet the refugees at the airport upon arrival, in cooperation with RI resettlement agencies, to ensure there is someone who speaks their local language and answer any questions they may have; they provide a home cooked meal from their region to help them relax and start to heal from their long and often stressful journeys; they provide them with essential household items, toiletries and clothing; and they conduct regular home visits. WRC also runs an independent clothing pantry run solely on donations.
WRC pairs up refugee families when they arrive in RI with local volunteers with the aim to help the family transition into their new country. The mentors provide a friendly face, healthy social interaction, introductions to new cultural activities and customs, as well as teach them new life skills. The mentoring relationship lasts 6 months.
WRC works to assist families so that every refugee child from the Congo is in school and learning. This work entails sensitizing school administrators and teachers on the unique background of refugee children. It also involves educating parents and children newly arrived in the US about the education system, enrollment procedures, and what expectations there are for the children in school. WRC will also be a student’s advocate with a school, if the parents are not in a position to do so because of language or lack of understanding of their child’s rights. Further work includes providing tutoring support to children.
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM:
Acknowledging women are the foundation of the AGL community, WRC takes specific actions to ensure they are informed and empowered to lead strong families and create healthy communities. WRC facilitates peer-to-peer support groups for women from the community over the age of 28. Through the groups, the women have the opportunity to build a supportive community and receive key information about health and hygiene, food, safety and American culture that they can transfer to their families and friends.