For many of us, offering direct support to refugees is immensely satisfying. Although fewer refugees are being admitted to the U.S. for resettlement, there are many recently resettled refugees and asylees already in our communities who can benefit from a helping hand from time to time.
Launched by Hearts & Homes for Refugees, the Helping Hands program matches families and individuals identified through Catholic Charities with volunteers who lend support at critical times. Helping Hands training gives volunteers in the lower Hudson Valley insight into refugee resettlement and best practices to lighten the load of refugees who are on their way to becoming independent and successful new Americans.
Helping Hands volunteers provide specific needs or assistance over the short term (typically 2-3 months.) This may entail providing donated clothing, household items, toiletries, baby and school supplies as well as assistance with medical appointments, language classes, job training/searches, housing searches, guidance on employment or education, and career mentorship. Helping Hands volunteers who support a refugee or asylee case are invited to access the Hearts & Homes for Refugees Resource Bank for tips on how to help with housing, employment, health care, furniture and more.
Helping Hands volunteers come from the community, faith groups, local families and generous individuals with time to share.
We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019 volunteers. Would you, your faith or social/civic group, friends or family members like to step up to help those in these vulnerable populations? Applications are available here: Helping Hands Application.
For questions, send an email to program coordinator Lisa Kiernan: email@example.com
To see a list of previous cases, take a look at our First Round Helping Hands Cases.