Imagine being forced to flee your home because of war or persecution, leaving behind all your belongings and even family members. After spending years in a refugee camp, you are resettled in the US with limited English and little understanding of the culture. This project will provide newly arrived refugees with the comprehensive support and empowerment to not only integrate into their new homes, but to rebuild their lives and become successful, thriving members of New Hampshire society.
When refugees are resettled in New Hampshire, the resettlement agency provides only about 6 months of support. Overcomers picks up where the resettlement agencies leave off, providing assistance to refugees whether they've been here for 5 days or 5 years. Despite the drastic reduction in number of refugees being resettled in the US, there is still much need for refugee support. Once resettled, refugees deserve the opportunity to achieve the American dream, not just survive.
In order for refugees to truly acclimate, we need to strengthen our services and implement programming that lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable success, rather than just immediate needs. Our Youth Program addresses issues that are important to them while teaching them to make good decisions for their future. Our High Impact Volunteer initiative empowers young adults to assist older refugees. Our Women's Group promotes healing and self-reliance. This project will accomplish that.
This project will provide refugees the chance to not only survive, but to thrive in their new communities. Our services and programs will provide refugees with the foundation and strength needed to become fully integrated in their new homes. When refugees are able to fully integrate, they become economically independent, support their families, rebuild their lives, and raise a new, culturally diverse generation of Americans who make our society great.