International Volunteer Day 2023 “If Everyone Did”

International Volunteer Day is an annual celebration of volunteers worldwide. This year’s theme is “If Everyone Did”, where we are invited to imagine the power of 8 billion volunteers working together to foster inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable communities.  This year, we want to highlight two incredible volunteers from our Raleigh, North Carolina office, Marci Curtis […]

USCRI Webinar: The Crisis in Sudan

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is monitoring the humanitarian and displacement crisis in Sudan. USCRI serves Sudanese refugees and refugees from neighboring countries such as South Sudan and the Central African Republic- and some USCRI employees have family members back in Sudan affected by the insecurity generated by the conflict. For World Refugee […]

Excited and Empowered

I am excited for my future and feel empowered by my past -Excerpts from a college essay by Khurshid, an 18-year-old USCRI NC client from Afghanistan I came to Raleigh, NC from Afghanistan on December 15, 2021, with my sister. We were resettled by USCRI NC and stayed in a Welcome House for six months. […]

Help USCRI NC Welcome Refugee Families to Their New Homes

USCRI NC is recruiting new Welcome Home partners ready to roll up their sleeves and open their arms in welcome. Welcome Home partners set up the first apartment newly arrived refugees call home. Partners can be faith communities, civic groups, neighborhood organizations, or just a group of friends. As a Welcome Home partner, you agree […]

Together without Fear: Dennis and Jose

Dennis and Jose sat next to each other, fidgeting nervously but determined to tell their story. The overwhelming emotion in the room is joy, even though their story unfolds amidst deadly persecution in their home country of Guatemala. They are happy to be able to be honest. Dennis knew he was gay at an early […]

Anastasiia: An Unbelievable Welcome

After her world shattered on February 24 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Anastasiia struggled to believe the welcome she found in North Carolina. “The kindness and help, it’s impossible,” she said.  Anastasiia is one of the approximately 50 Ukrainians now receiving support at the North Carolina Field Office of the US Committee for Refugees […]

Challenges of School Enrollment for Refugee Children

Over the course of the past several months, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants North Carolina Field Office has helped enroll over 80 Afghan children into Wake, Durham, Cumberland, and Harnett County schools since they began arriving en masse in August of 2021. The process of enrolling the kids was made even more cumbersome […]

Successfully Housing Our Afghan Arrivals

Between October and March, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants North Carolina Field Office (USCRI NC) resettled over 260 fleeing Afghans. Despite the scarcity of affordable housing, all those refugees have now found permanent and secure housing. The rapid arrival of families fleeing Afghanistan beginning last August created both daunting challenges and special moments […]

A Full Employment Milestone – U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Nine months ago, the United States began a rapid resettlement operation of Afghan evacuees. Since then, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants North Carolina Field Office (USCRI NC) has been able to place all our new Afghan clients who wanted employment into great jobs! And we continue to work with more arrivals. There were […]

Empowering Other Refugees to Enjoy Good Health

Health care hits close to home for Janet Msinda, a USCRI North Carolina case manager who has been with USCRI since 2016. When Janet was 8 years old and living with her family in Kenya, she almost died from a water borne disease. “The doctor taught my mom how to prevent us from getting sick. […]