Washtenaw Refugee Welcome (WRW)

"All the world watching..." (Eliza Gilkyson)

"All the world watching..." (Eliza Gilkyson)

 

A year ago, newspaper headlines screamed "Refugee arrivals to skyrocket.” Today we see headlines like "Panic button: refugee arrivals to dry up.”

Whatever the future, refugees who are already here in our community need our help. In the past, new arrivals received eighteen months of government resettlement agency support. Now they get three. In that time they are expected to learn a new language, find a home, enter their children in school, find a job, and become self-sufficient.

But the path to self-sufficiency is filled with unexpected challenges -- medical emergencies, transportation problems, limited job opportunities, difficulty meeting monthly expenses, filing tax returns, and navigating the process to obtain required permits and other documents. 

Washtenaw Refugee Welcome (WRW) is currently helping more than a dozen local families make this difficult transition. 

Do you want to help?