Would you recommend U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Albany?
The Albany USCRI staff works very hard with a limited budget to resettle refugees. Mentoring new refugees can require much more time than 3-5 hours per week depending on the family members expectations and their familiarity with US culture and English fluency prior to arrival. The families needs are great and though the USCRI staff tries very hard, the USCRI has no compilation of common refugee issues and suggested resources to solve problems. Common issues include registering children in school, working through the social service bureaucracy to help the refugees receive and maintain benefits to which they are entitled such as food stamps & Medicaid, help preparing for job interviews,explaining tax withholding & income tax filings, plus every day tasks like shopping, using mass transit & helping with school assignments & English. Volunteering for the USCRI is very satisfying, unfortunately the staff is so stretched that more support & training for volunteers is not an option.