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Guide: Leveraging College and University Housing for Newcomer Welcoming

Author(s): International Rescue Committee (IRC), Refugee Housing Solutions
Date: August 31, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Community Sponsor/Supporter, Cultural Awareness, Housing
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
In the face of the U.S. housing crisis, resettlement practitioners must embrace creative solutions to housing newcomers. One such solution involves partnering with institutions of higher education to meet newcomer temporary or long-term housing needs. This resource, created by Refugee Housing Solutions and the International Rescue Committee, 

Archived Webinar: Training and Supporting Community Members Serving as Interpreters

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: July 19, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Community Sponsor/Supporter
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
Hosted on July 18, 2023 the training was delivered by Rob Callus, Training Officer; Switchboard. In resettlement services, multilingual community members often serve as interpreters and translators. However, community members working in these roles sometimes lack the necessary skills and training. Paid certification programs can often be out of reach, leaving refugee service providers with …

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Guide: Measuring Welcoming Communities: A Toolkit for Communities and Those Who Support Them

Author(s): Pathways to Prosperity
Date: March 1, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
Although developed in Canada, this toolkit may be applicable to U.S. resettlement agencies as they assess communities, map out local resources, and develop programing priorities. The Measuring Welcoming Communities Toolkit has been developed to support the groundwork in understanding a community and planning how to shape it to become more welcoming. In total, there are …

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Tool or Template: Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee, Supporter, and Resettlement Agency Worksheet

Author(s): Church World Service (CWS), Refugee Welcome Collective
Date: January 24, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
This worksheet can be used to facilitate a conversation between Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees (UHP), U.S.-based supporters (if applicable), and refugee resettlement agency staff to clarify and define respective activities, review services already provided, and coordinate activities that still need to be done.

Tool or Template: Sample Sponsor Group Structure and Roles

Author(s): Sponsor Circles
Date: January 15, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
This resource provides an overview of sponsor group structure and roles, including teams to address needs such as housing, finances, healthcare, education, and community orientation.

Guide: Community Sponsorship Explainer

Author(s): Refugee Welcome Collective
Date: January 15, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
This two-page document explains the different types of community sponsorship and the requirements for resettlement-led community sponsorship programs.

Tool or Template: Sponsor Circle Welcome Plan for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans (English and Spanish Versions)

Author(s): Sponsor Circles
Date: January 11, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
The resource asks guiding questions designed to help Sponsor Circles prepare to welcome, maintain, and support newcomers, including identifying community resources. English and Spanish versions are available.

Guide: Guidance for Connecting to Local and State Services

Author(s): Welcome.US, Community Sponsorship Hub
Date: January 9, 2023
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
This resource is designed to help sponsors of individuals from Ukraine, Cuba, and Haiti under USCIS sponsorship programs find local and state services and support.

Video: Five Ways the Community Can Help Refugees and Other Newcomers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: December 30, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Media and Communications, Welcoming Communities
This animated video highlights the important role that community members play in the resettlement process. The video’s goal is to inspire action from supportive communities including welcoming and advocating for newcomers, volunteering time and services, offering housing and employment opportunities, and information about co-sponsorship. This resource can be used by ORR-funded resettlement agencies to help …

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Tool or Template: Sponsor Circle Welcome Plan: Sponsor Circle Program for Ukrainians

Author(s): Sponsor Circles
Date: December 27, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
This resource asks guiding questions designed to help Sponsor Circles prepare to welcome, maintain, and support Ukrainian newcomers arriving through the Uniting for Ukraine program.