There are many ways you can be part of the team to welcome refugees. Some of this important work is directly with the refugees, some is behind the scenes, and some is coordinating the work of others. Time commitments vary from one-off efforts to recurring activities. Review the list of ideas below for something that piques your interest. When you’re ready, complete this form to sign up.
NOTE: Anyone who wishes to provide services that involve direct contact with families must attend a training session and complete and submit the background check forms. Those who want to support TBE’s refugee resettlement initiative without having direct contact with individuals and families do not need to attend a training or submit these forms.
Teach: Help our new neighbors learn English by teaching ESL twice a week; 1 ½ hours a session. Or teach computer literacy/financial literacy.
Talk: Be a conversational English partner to reinforce ESL lessons. Once a week via Zoom.
Drive: Transport individuals to doctors visits, job interviews, important appointments, etc. Help our new neighbors navigate public transportation.
Prepare: Meet our new neighbors at the airport, help set-up their new home (cleaning, unpacking, stocking supplies), prepare a homecoming meal.
Welcome: Help familiarize our new neighbors with stores in town, how to get around, food shopping, enrolling kids in school, getting a bank account or library card, etc.
Guide: Help our new neighbors research job leads, write resumes or hone interview skills. Provide computer training.
Care: Help with child care needs or tutor school aged children
Collect: Help secure donations of books, furniture, clothes, packing boxes, bikes, household goods, used cars & computers. For example, collect photographs of furniture to post on I-RISE’s website.
Advocate: Assist our new neighbors with legal issues like asylum or documentation.
Lead: Join Temple Beth-El’s Refugee Resettlement Committee. Help communicate the needs through the website or other communications vehicles. Partner with other organizations or recruit others to help in this important work.
Donate: Make monetary donations. Write check to RCHP Affordable Housing Corp. and designate to Interfaith Rise. Mail to 19 South 2nd Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904 or give online: www.interfaithrise.org. (Interfaith RISE is a program of RCHP Affordable Housing Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (tax ID: 20-5012410). Your donations are tax deductible.)
Or donate furniture or housewares. Contact for guidance: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com respectively. Watch for information on specific collection drives in the weeks ahead.
Contact RefugeeResettlement@templebethelnj.org if you have questions or would like to learn more.