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Family Mentor for New Americans

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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville

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Refugee Family

Purpose and Impact:

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville Refugee and Immigration Services provide a wide array of programs to help newly-arrived refugees acquire skills they need to acclimate to American culture and responsibilities. However, adjusting to a new culture and set of expectations is a difficult process, and many of our families require additional support to do so successfully. Oftentimes, families have to adapt to an entirely new understanding of daily life, learning the very basics of household functioning and metropolitan living. As a Family Mentor, you (and your family) will be matched with a refugee family to provide them basic instruction of American living, help orient them to the Nashville community, and develop a trusting relationship. Understanding "the basics" is an indispensable component of successful resettlement and can go a long way toward making families feel safer, happier, and more confident in their new home.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Practice basic English to improve their sense of purpose and place in the community
  • Call or visit the family once a week to build a trusting, friendly relationship
  • Take them on outings to learn about Nashville and American culture
  • Offer instruction on basic household functioning (how to do laundry, wash dishes, store food, etc.), as needed
  • Help them with common errands

This role is perfect for volunteers who like to serve autonomously and direct their own projects and goals. Though volunteers are welcome individually, this is also an excellent opportunity to engage your family in welcoming refugees to the community. For example, if you have teen-aged children, we can match you with a family that also has children of a similar age. Together with our clients, you can build community, learn about other cultures, and develop a new sense of what it means to be an American and a Nashvillian.

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About Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville

Location:

2806 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214, US

Mission Statement

Following Christ’s example, we recognize the dignity of all people and serve our neighbors.

Description

As the social service arm of the Diocese of Nashville, we assist more than 69,000 people each year in 38 counties across Middle Tennessee through 42 different programs. Social ministry to all of God's children is fundamental to our mission. Therefore, the services of Catholic Charities are available to people of every religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial background. The causes we serve include:

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Emotional Support
  • Family Resource Centers
  • Housing Stability
  • Hunger Relief
  • Job Training
  • New Americans

Day after day, the staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities perform acts of love, goodwill, and kindness to make life better for the poor and unemployed, the young and old, for individuals and families, and for strangers in a new land.

Children & Youth
Community
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Refugee HomesNashville, TN 37206

(36.18052,-86.72655)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education
  • People Skills
  • Life Coaching
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 1 hour per week, with an initial 3 month commitment. The hours are flexible and are determined by the volunteer and client's schedules.

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