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Hosted on May 13th, 2024 the training was delivered by Lillie Hinkle, Associate Policy Analyst with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy; Barbara Day, consultant to national and state refugee resettlement programs; ​Meg Sagaria-Barritt, the Integration Partnerships Coordinator for the Colorado Refugee Services Program (CRSP); and, Sean Kirkpatrick, Coordinator of […]

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This resource, developed by Switchboard, provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Welcome Corps Support Line (WCSL). The WCSL offers technical assistance to private sponsorship groups (PSGs) in the form of general resettlement guidance, access to shared learning resources (such as self-paced trainings, information guides, videos, etc.), information about local community supports, and referrals […]

As providers for their community, ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) take on a variety of important roles—all of which require adequate funding. Without proper funding, ECBOs would be unable to pay for programs and activities for their communities, training for their staff and volunteers, and basic business expenses. Many ECBOs first turn to grants provided by […]

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In response to requests from the resettlement network, Switchboard developed this resource list to enhance service providers’ knowledge of the key topics related to coping with hate, including cultural awareness; racism, hate crimes, and discrimination; islamophobia; and antisemitism. Client-facing resources are also included. The external resources contained in this blog post represent the views and opinions […]

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This guide provides an overview of sponsorship through Welcome Connect and insights on how to effectively engage your community to join you. This guide includes: Tips on how to share sponsorship with friends, family, and your community Sponsorship 101 Flyer Sample Social Media Posts and Graphics Email templates you can use to invite others to join […]

In the face of the U.S. housing crisis, resettlement practitioners must embrace creative solutions to housing newcomers. One such solution involves partnering with institutions of higher education to meet newcomer temporary or long-term housing needs. This resource was created by Refugee Housing Solutions and the International Rescue Committee.

This Community Sponsorship Manual, created by Refugee Welcome Collective, provides knowledge and advice for community sponsors embarking on the co-sponsorship experience. Paired with knowledge from fellow group members, community, and newcomers, this manual is a guide to approaching sponsorship skillfully and thoughtfully.

During the process when landlords and housing providers screen rental applicants, they often require documentation that newcomers typically do not have upon arrival in the United States. To decrease this barrier to entry, this resource, created by Refugee Housing Solutions (RHS) in partnership with Switchboard, outlines alternative documentation that landlords and housing providers should expect […]

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Refugee Welcome Collective and Refugee Housing Solutions collaborated with World Learning and its School for International Training to create a video case study highlighting World Learning’s approach to welcoming Afghan newcomers in fall 2021. The campus provided housing and became the center of the Afghan community for newcomers, also offering education opportunities. Other community members […]

Securing housing is an essential aspect of care for newcomers. But doing so in the current housing market can be very difficult. This downloadable resource can help case managers, housing coordinators, and community sponsors and supporters, including private sponsor groups (PSGs), stay organized from housing search through move-in.