Community Spotlight: Welcome to North Carolina!
They came here fleeing violence and oppression in Iraq to find freedom and a better life in North Carolina. That’s the story an Iraqi family tells in the new WRAL Documentary “Welcome to North Carolina”. The documentary follows a couple and their two children fleeing Baghdad to live in Raleigh, from their arrival at RDU International Airport to the help they get from a local refugee agency to get settled in their new home.
Through interviews with experts the documentary also outlines the vetting process for refugees and looks at some of the controversy surrounding refugees from the Middle East coming to the US and North Carolina.
Interested in Volunteering?
Click here to download the Welcome Home Toolkit, which provides step-by-step instructions for community members looking to support our work through housing set-ups. Part of a group? This is the perfect way to engage your network and prepare a new home before refugee arrival.
Individual Development Accounts Program
In late 2013, USCRI NC set up an Individual Development Accounts (IDA) program for refugees and immigrants interested in receiving targeted assistance to build skills in money management, budgeting, financial literacy, and small business development. Through this innovative program, participants have the opportunity to work closely with staff at the Latino Community Credit Union to develop long-term budget plans, open savings accounts, and save for specific assets: a home or vehicle, small business, or their continuing education. They develop a savings plan with USCRI NC staff and when they meet their savings goal, they receive a dollar-to-dollar match of up to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 per family.
At USCRI NC, we believe that the accumulation of assets is integral to reducing poverty and building the financial empowerment of families and individuals. The IDA program is a way to accomplish those goals, and build stronger relationships between the refugee and immigrant community and a financial institution they can trust. With the program just getting off to a running start, there have been a large number of interested participants. USCRI NC is excited to share the stories of success and empowerment that will come out of this program!
The program is made possible through funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. For more information on these programs and how you can get involved, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-334-0072.