A Welcoming Embrace
Samaritas’ New American services help newly arrived refugees navigate their confusing and sometimes scary first months in the United States. With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Reception and Placement (R&P) Program, Samaritas — a partner agency of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) — provides 1500 newly arrived refugees from 15 different countries with the essential services and support they need to begin to rebuild their lives and take steps toward becoming U.S. citizens. Samaritas provides each refugee with the support to obtain self-sufficiency and become contributors to society within one year of arrival.
- Resettlement - receives about 800 refugees from more than 5 countries each year. Provides core services such as reception, housing placement, cultural orientation, English as a Second Language, medical case management, and school enrollment. Services are provided for 90 days.
- Matching Grant - employment services designed to help newly arrived refugees find their first job, retain it, and achieve economic self-sufficiency within 180 days
- Center for Survivors of Torture - provides counseling, psychotherapy services and case management support to refugees, asylees, or others eligible under the prescribed federal guidelines
- Repatriation Program - assists US citizens with core services such as reception, housing placement, financial assistance, food, transportation, referral to medical/ psychiatric evaluation, treatment.
How You Can Help
All families want to raise their children without worrying about war, religious persecution or other forms of danger. You can help make that possible for these New Americans. Your contribution can help refugee families start a new, safe life of health, happiness and prosperity. Your gift of:
$200 Can pay for an average family’s utilities for a month
$300 Can pay for an average family’s non-food supplies for a month
$500 Can pay for an average family’s non-food supplies AND spending money for a month
$800 Can pay for an average family’s food for a month
$1,000 Can pay for an average family’s rent for a month
$2,500 Can pay for all the basic needs of an average family for one month