The first few months after arriving in the U.S. are the most critical periods for favorable refugee resettlement. The 90-day temporary support period typically offered by most resettlement agencies is short and too often leaves refugees stranded in a foreign country with inadequate support. This is where PRERNA steps in. Help us welcome new refugee families and offer them a smoother transition by providing Starter Kits. These kits include hygiene items, writing supplies, local maps and snacks.
As federal resources for refugee resettlement decrease across the country, PRERNA steps in to fill the gap. Refugees often flee their home at a moment's notice and may remain displaced for many years. Refugee families arrive at a U.S. airports with few belongings, a difficult past and high hopes for a better future. An important first step is welcoming refugee families by providing them with Starter Kits with essential items to start rebuilding their lives.
Starter Kits offer comfort to new refugee families who have traveled far and long to the U.S. They welcome the newcomers and represent the first step in an even longer journey ahead as they rebuild their lives and a more secure home in their new country. The Kits include hygiene supplies such as soap, shampoo and deodorant, as well as notepads, pencils, crayons, snacks and local maps. In some cases, we may supply clothing and small household items depending on the needs of the family.
By empowering refugees to become active members of society who thrive in their new country, the benefit to our communities can be immense. Refugees who live here stimulate the economy as consumers, they work and they pay taxes. Their children receive a better education, become part of the future workforce and potential leaders of our country. We already see refugees paying it forward as those that PRERNA assisted previously are now helping new refugees who are arriving after them.