COLLABORATIVES & COMMUNITY BASED INITIATIVES

DONATIONS

We have a team matching donations offered by the community to refugee needs. We aim to support sponsors and refugees by gathering and delivering furnishings and clothing needed for new arrivals. The donation database can be accessed by selecting DONATE on the menu. We also keep a listing of community resources on our Sponsor's Guide.

ESL AND ADULT EDUCATION

​Learning English is a crucial skill required to succeed in a service oriented economy. We coordinate volunteers to tutor refugees and enroll them in local classes. We also work with community leaders to provide access to classes year round and at times convenient to learners.

SPONSOR SUPPORT, VOLUNTEER COORDINATION & STANDARDS OF CARE

We receive reoccurring questions from new sponsors such as: where are ESL classes, what are the best methods for budgeting and tax preparation, where do I find medical care, a job?  We set standards of care for newcomers, identify gaps, and design programming to close them (See the Sponsor's Guide on the menu bar). We match volunteers to volunteer opportunities.  

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

Refugee children often arrive having missed a number of years of school. Other cities have developed youth programs to accelerate language, social, and academic skills of refugee children. We work with local educators to tailor solutions to meet newcomer's unique needs.

EMPLOYMENT AND COTTAGE INDUSTRIES

Many refugees come with skills and are eager to work in their field. They may need supplies and tools to restart their careers.  We partner with local business to provide workshops such as cottage business law. This committee aims to support refugees in establishing employment as soon as possible.

HEALTHCARE & PSYCOSOCIAL SUPPORT 

Upon arrival, new families are trying to navigate their new country and may be still struggling with loss. We have connections to a network of psychologists and social workers who are working towards improving local services specific to the unique needs of refugee, migrant, and immigrant populations.

COMMUNITY NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATION & COMMUNICATIONS

The resettlement process involves networking multiple independent organizations and volunteers to support newcomers. KRRC provides a common platform for all participants to convene, collaborate, and communicate needs through monthly meetings and our newsletter.

Contact us:  Note please allow 3-5 business days to return emails. 

Email: kalamazoorefugeecouncil@gmail.com

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