WHO ARE REFUGEES?
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the official definition of a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
Reception & Placement
The US State Department requires all refugee resettlement agencies to complete a list of services within 3 months of arrival. Services such as securing housing, English Enrollment, employment services, etc.
Cultural Orientation is a series of interactive classes where new families can learn about important topics such as US laws, finances, language resources, mental health, etc.
Salem For Refugees provides direct financial support to families resettled in Salem. This fund covers expenses such as rent and utilities as needed.
Extended Case Managment
Extended Case Management is a state funded program that allows resettlement agencies to extend their services for up to 24 months. At SFR we provide limited services for up to 5 years.
Salem For Refugees coordinates donations of furniture and home goods to setup homes for newly arriving families.
In 2020 until June 2022, Salem For Refugees began providing COVID education to the distinct language groups of our clients. SFR also provided support for individuals within its communities who contracted COVID-19.
Advocacy & Awareness
We take opportunities to advocate for the clients we serve and help raise awareness about issues affecting refugees.
Salem For Refugees runs a Welcome Center in Central Salem for our new neighbors to drop in and request assistance, resources and support in a warm environment.