In the News / June 2016

USCRI shares tips for creating ‘a quilt of cultures’

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Full Neighbor Works article

The nonprofit U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has helped bring 8,000 refugees to Vermont since 1989, and Monte estimates that 17 percent of his organization’s rental units are occupied by new Americans. His experience is shared by many other NeighborWorks organizations across the country.

Stacie Blake, director of government and community relations for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, recommends getting to know the closest resettlement coordinator. USCRI resettled just over 15,000 immigrants and refugees in 2015, and relies on a network of local organizations to make its work effective for both newcomers and existing communities. Its local offices meet with stakeholders in resettlement communities annually to discuss goals and quarterly to track progress.

“The arrival of new Americans in a neighborhood can be a win-win for everyone,” notes Blake. “But it takes everyone working together.”

To learn more about USCRI’s work in Vermont click here

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