Elderly refugees face particularly steep challenges when they are resettled in the United States . Unlike younger refugees, many elderly refugees do not go to work or school. Consequently, elderly refugees often face a high degree of isolation. The Louisville Elderly Refugee Program began in January 2008 in order to assist this especially vulnerable population overcome these and other hurdles. The program hopes to improve English skills of its participants to prepare the refugees to take the citizenship test, to provide opportunities for socialization, and to assist the refugees in learning how to access mainstream social services available in the Louisville community.
Supervisor: Jenny Johnson, Elderly Program CoordinatorVolunteer Impact: Volunteers can greatly assist these refugees overcome the numerous obstacles they face. Simply by spending time with the refugees will help them avoid feelings of isolation. Volunteers who assist the refugees in speaking English will help prepare them for the citizenship test and also will help them gain confidence. Mentors who show them other sights around town will help the clients feel more at home in their new environment, and those mentors who practice building life skills such as taking clients grocery shopping, opening a bank account, doing laundry and paying bills will contribute to the refugees' independence and self-sufficiency.
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Teens People 55+
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