Welcome House for Refugees



We provide newly arrived refugees with a safe home where they learn to cope with the stress of adjusting to their new life.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

These refugees have survived persecution and many have spent decades living in a refugee camp. They come from Eritrea, Burma, Iraq, Congo, and Bhutan. They are widowed mothers, families who have lost children, and adults who have been tortured. All have had to flee their countries of origin and are being offered an opportunity to start their lives over. The down economy has made the hope of a peaceful and self-sufficient life even further away for these individuals and homelessness is a risk.

How will this project solve this problem?

Welcome House provides a supportive learning environment that will help refugees cope with the stress of adjusting to their new life. Refugees will receive employment counseling and extensive orientation to life in Philadelphia and the US.

Potential Long Term Impact

Refugees will move beyond the learned helplessness they acquired living camps and feel confident leading self sufficient lives. The goal is to help them feel they can become active members of their new community.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $269

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $269 .  The original project funding goal was $30,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Jennifer Ralston

Housing Specialist
Philadelphia, PA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Welcome House for Refugees
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