Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will launch the first community sponsorship program in the greater Kansas City area. With 13 churches, nonprofit organizations, and community groups already identified as having interest in the program, the agency is poised to accomplish its goals of increased community engagement; increased agency capacity; building grassroots level advocacy; and increased cultural and community integration for refugee families.
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.
With funding from the Community Sponsorship Catalyst Fund, ECDC will launch community sponsorship programs at both its Denver, Colorado, and Washington, DC metropolitan area affiliates; provide training to Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBOs) in ECDC’s affiliate network to assist them in launching their own community sponsorship programs; and collect and share lessons learned in establishing community sponsorship programs at ECBOs.
In partnership with an invested community of organizations and faith-based congregations in the Greater New Orleans area, this project will cultivate individual and group community sponsors who can host and provide various forms of transitional support for forcibly displaced immigrants. Through this effort, the project aims to create welcome by connecting people and building inclusive community; supporting immigrants as leaders and stewards of opportunity for themselves; and improving access to safe housing, social support, and economic opportunity for those currently without access.
This unique partnership of a resettlement agency affiliate and national faith-based community sponsorship nonprofit will enable the launch of a co-sponsorship program, a form of community sponsorship focused on newly arrived refugees, as well as support community sponsorship programming for other forcibly displaced populations in Southern California. IRIS and Home for Refugees will work together to recruit, train, match, and support sponsors who will commit to one year of sponsorship support.
The Community Sponsorship Catalyst Fund will support the New Roots Fund, a Seattle-based microloan organization, and the Diocese of Olympia, in launching a new community sponsorship program. In addition to the ten congregations who have already expressed interest in sponsorship, the New Roots Fund will leverage their extensive contacts to identify sponsors within the business and banking communities, and provide unique support to refugees with entrepreneurial backgrounds or interest in starting new businesses.
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants' (USCRI) Albany Field Office will launch a new community sponsorship program that matches sponsors with newly and previously arrived refugees, asylees, and other forcibly displaced populations, and will share its experience in establishing the program with other USCRI affiliates across the country. With letters of commitment from pre-identified groups willing to serve as sponsors, the agency is well-positioned to reach its ambitious goal of 35 sponsors secured by the end of 2022.
World Relief Chicagoland will adapt its community sponsorship model called ‘Good Neighbor Teams’ to meet the unique needs of asylum seekers in the Chicago metropolitan area, and will then replicate the model in other World Relief affiliate offices across the country. The adapted model design will draw on the experiences of asylum seekers, former Good Neighbor Team volunteers, a cohort of local immigrant and non-immigrant churches, and other organizations mobilizing the community to support asylum seekers.