Annette C. Sheckler
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is pleased to announce the generous donation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to further our work with refugee and immigrant communities.
In the past three years, Latter-day Saint Charities has donated $1.7 million in cash and commodities to USCRI. Commodity donations include furniture, mattresses and other necessities, as well as supporting programs for newly arriving refugees.
“The LDS church donations further USCRI’s goal of helping New Americans become self-reliant and independent contributing members of their new communities. Refugees and immigrants go on to make valuable contributions to American life and economy —in science, medicine, business, the law, education, government and the arts. During these difficult times for refugees and immigrants, we are immensely grateful for the support of the LDS church to help us preserve the promise of America as a beacon of hope and freedom,” said Eskinder Negash, President and CEO of USCRI.
USCRI has been resettling refugees since 1975 following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. The arrival of South Vietnamese refugees fleeing the communist takeover led to the largest resettlement effort the United States had ever seen. Since then, USCRI has provided resettlement services to over 300,000 refugees across the U.S.
Sister Sharon Eubank, President of LDS Charities, when announcing the grants, noted the partnerships between LDS and the country’s premier resettlement agencies. “We are impressed by the innovative approaches refugee resettlement agencies are using to help people learn English, find jobs and culturally adapt to the United States. Our partnership is meant to accelerate the work and highlight ways families can get involved in helping refugee neighbors settle into a new place.”
We hope and encourage others to follow the moral leadership of LDS and support refugees and immigrants and the work of USCRI.
USCRI, founded in 1911, is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit international organization committed to working on behalf of refugees and immigrants. USCRI also works with unaccompanied child migrants through the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children and protects refugee rights worldwide through our International Partnerships.
For more information about USCRI, please visit us at refugees.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
For over 100 years, USCRI has protected the rights and addressed the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supported their transition to a dignified life.