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ORGANIZATION: Refugee Services of Texas - Amarillo

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If you are interested in assisting a new refugee / refugee family begin a new life here in America and have access to a group of friends, relatives, associates (between 3 - 5 individuals) please consider forming a Co-Sponsor Team.

Co-sponsor teams assist in both pre-arrival and post-arrival mentoring duties. Once team members have attended our 1 hour Orientation Training, we will assign a newly arriving refugee/refugee family to the team.

Pre-Arrival duties: Gather new or gently used household furniture and housewares that will be used to furnish the refugee's new apartment, such as: sofa, kitchen table/chairs, lamps, alarm clock, twin or double bed mattress and frame (mattresses must be new), dishes, silver and glass ware, pots/pans, blankets, linens, pillows, shower curtains, cleaning and personal hygiene products and food staples, etc. The more items donated the less our agency needs to purchase on the refugee's behalf.

Once the donated items have been collected, assist in getting the apartment ready, i.e.: making beds, stocking kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, items, etc.

If able, join our Caseworker at the airport to greet the new refugee arrivals and transport them to their new apartment.

Post-Arrival (Mentoring) Duties: Once the refugee/refugee family arrives, the co-sponsor team helps transport to the initial appointments and begins to mentor. Mentors take on the role of teacher, guide, advocate and hopefully friend. Mentors can choose their visiting schedule according to their availability: days, evenings and weekends. Some of the duties a Mentor can provide include: assisting them in learning or improving their English speaking skills, teach them about proper food storage, instruct how to utilize A/C or furnace, help them get a library card, learn about our money systems, take them to the grocery store or on an outing, etc.

We ask mentors to visit at least one or two times a week and for a commitment of between 3 - 6 months or longer if able.

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About Refugee Services of Texas - Amarillo

Location:

1101 Fritch Hwy, Amarillo, TX 79108, US

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.

Description

WE WORK ACROSS TEXAS

Founded in 1978, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) is a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group - as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

Fri Jun 03, 2022 - Thu Sep 01, 2022

WHERE

1101 Fritch HighwayVarious Apartment Complexes where refugees liveAmarillo, TX 79108

(35.22247,-101.7867)
 

SKILLS

  • Family Therapy
  • Child Welfare
  • Career Counseling / Coaching
  • Case Work / Management
  • Life Coaching
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 - 6 months or longer if able
  • You must complete our Volunteer Training and Background Check.

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