This project is a part of the Racine Immigrant Support Initiative is a collaborative effort of the Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) Immigration Task Force, Racine League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 339, Emaus ELCA and other organizations and churches. Funds will be collected and held specifically by RIC for the purpose of supporting Afghan families.
The United States is currently involved in a historic effort to resettle over 50,000 evacuees from Afghanistan. In the coming weeks and months, Racine and other cities in Wisconsin will welcome hundreds of Afghan refugees and evacuees currently being housed at Fort McCoy.
The US Department of State requires that refugees be resettled within 100 miles of an affiliate Refugee Resettlement program. There are currently six such affiliate programs in the State of Wisconsin. Refugees allocated to our area will be resettled within 100 miles of its Refugee Resettlement Program office in Milwaukee which is Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin.
The effort is being led by our state's three refugee resettlement agencies, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay and Jewish Social Services. Congress has recently passed a bill that provides temporary assistance for Afghan evacuees. While this funding does help pay for some initial basic needs, our goal is to welcome our Afghan allies with all the tools and resources they need to prosper.
Your support today will allow Racine Interfaith Coalition to create belonging and empower independence for individuals and families who were forced to flee their homeland because of war and persecution. In fact, many Afghan evacuees who are now in the U.S. seeking resettlement include courageous people who have risked their lives to support U.S. interests for nearly 20 years.
Please join us in supporting our Beloved Community.
Please consider a donation to help our new neighbors. Because the funds are being collected and distributed by the Racine Interfaith Coalition, a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization, your donation will be eligible for a tax deduction to the extent allowable by law. Thank you!
Make a donation to our fund. With your support, we can assist evacuee families in acclimating to their new lives.
Donate to LSS. Donate items such as clothing, hygiene kits and more to LSS. Look on their website for updated lists of items needed. In the future, we will need items for families as well but not at the moment.
Attend strategy planning sessions with RIC. To be added to the meeting invitiation and email list, please contact Amanda Ali at email@example.com. In these meetings, we collaborate with many organizations to create a plan once the evacuees are resettled in our communities. We will also be looking for many volunteers in the future. Volunteers may serve as English Tutors, Transportation Assistants, and Housing set-ups (including moving furniture, shopping for small household items, washing dishes at apartment).
Learn more about path to resettlement and refugees. Who is a refugee? How does a refugee come to the United States? What is the history behind Wisconsin's refugee population?
October 12, 2021 - CBS 58