Mental Health Support
Since most of the refugees go through a lot of trauma and hardship before they arrive here they will definitely need mental health care. Our counselors start their job by visiting the new arrivals and listen to their problems and design a special program to fit their situation. Some families need one to one sessions while others can attend general sessions.
One of the most important projects that ICNA Relief does is help refugees to start their own businesses and become self-sufficient. In the past few years we distributed over 100 sewing machines to several families, we bought hair salon furniture for a number of refugee ladies, helped a few start their own catering service, offered tools for handymen to start painting business and others to start mowing business, and offered supplies to several teachers to start tutoring. We also assist in advertising their businesses.
Our plan is to keep providing the refugees with the tools they will need to achieve their dreams and have their own businesses.
Food and Groceries
Throughout our network of food pantries, we distribute thousands of pounds of food every week to the refugees. Before the arrival of the families, our ICNA Relief teams fill the pantries and fridges, then we register them in the food pantry so they can come and collect food when they need it. Amount of food depends on the severity of the case and the size of the family.
Winter Apparel and Clothes
In the beginning of September ICNA Relief teams start the campaigns for winter clothes, shoes and blankets. We collect the brand new clothes from our donors then separate them into different ages group and then go distribute them between the refugees with the blankets. Most of the time students from different schools sponsor this project. Last year, ICNA Relief distributed winter clothes and blankets to over 1000 refugee families.
Additional services we provide:
- ESL classes
- Resume building
- Computer and other skills development
- Free health care through our clinics
- Translation assistance
- Transportation (vehicle donations)
- Various workshops