CWS North Carolina will use its Community Sponsorship Catalyst Fund award to adapt its current community sponsorship model to support refugees who have been in the Durham and Greensboro communities for at least one year. Through Communities Acting for Refugee Empowerment (CARE), refugees will be matched with community sponsors who will support them in achieving their longer-term goals; and community sponsors will receive the experience they need to eventually be matched with newer refugee arrivals.
"For over 40 years, community sponsorship in North Carolina focused on the immediate needs of new arrivals. Unfortunately, many refugees remain stuck in poverty long after resettling—having the bandwidth only to meet those immediate needs. Now is the time to connect the energy of volunteers with the capabilities and long-term hopes of more established refugee neighbors. These collaborative relationships will fortify broad community support for refugees and other immigrants for years to come."
"The CARE Project will create the bandwidth that highly-motivated and capable refugees need to achieve their career goals and escape poverty by pairing the dreams and perseverance of refugees with the social and financial resources of the larger community. Refugees who have been in the U.S. a few years will achieve upward mobility, volunteers will forge meaningful and inspiring friendships, and the larger community will benefit from an increasingly skilled and diverse workforce."
"CSCF support will enable CWS North Carolina to raise matching funds for stipends for refugee participants. These stipends will alleviate refugee families’ financial burdens as they enroll in and complete job training, licensing, and credentialing programs. This effort will help build bridges between the refugee and receiving communities, contributing to greater empathy and solidarity shared in advocacy efforts at the local and state-level, and potentially national level as well. This support will also encourage resource-sharing and co-learning with other CSCF grantees."