Share-A-Meal Program
a Success!

The Welcome to America Project Share-A-Meal with a refugee family has been a tremendous boost to our neighbors in need. While you could not share a meal physically with refugees, you certainly did so virtually. So far, we have shared more than 250 twenty-dollar gift cards with refugee families, partnering with resettlement agencies, ethnic community based organizations (ECBOs) and Valencia Newcomer School to make sure families are supported during their temporary unemployment setbacks. With most refugee first jobs in service industry settings, sudden unemployment is widespread among refugees. Sharing meals with refugees has certainly closed the social distance and nourished families nutritionally and spiritually. All Share-A-Meal cards are a result of donations. Thanks for sharing, kind community. Yes, we are all a part of the welcome and can be quite helpful during temporary setbacks on the journey to self sufficiency. 

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The Welcome to America Projects was fortunate to partner with Scottsdale Leadership @scottsdaleleadership and Class 34 on a unique refugee literacy initiative. Scottsdale Leadership helps people focus on their ability to give back to the community, teaching the ideal of Servant Leadership and Community Trusteeship. For WTAP, the group is promoting literacy in three ways:

  • sharing multicultural and multilingual books with the refugee community including some in partnership with Southwest Human Development @swhdaz from whom Scottsdale Leadership also received "little libraries"
  • obtaining more than 500 thumb drives to load with educational support and distribute through our partner, PCs for Refugees
  • holding several fundraising efforts including corporate gifts and a future wine tasting

You can view below their virtual class presentation to learn more about the group and their impact. You can also contribute to the legacy of this project by sharing multicultural books and/or funding the project through donations. Just $20 can provide a loaded thumb drive that enhances literacy for a refugee family. Thank you Scottsdale Leadership. We are all a part of the welcomes including those who are trained to lead!
Mentorship Programs Support Local Refugees

The Welcome to America Project has a partnership with Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) @chicanosporlacausa in which we employ young mentees from their Refugee Youth Mentorship Program. Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) @lutheran-social-services-of-the-southwest a similar program. We recently chatted with Aubrey Held, Youth Refugee Manager, of CPLC and Michelle Buttrum, Education Coordinator, of LSS SW about their program goals and ways that you can get involved. 

The goal of the CPLC Youth Refugee Mentoring Program is to promote positive civic and social engagement and support individual education and vocational advancement. To accomplish their goals, youth will be matched with a positive adult mentor/case manager who will provide the youth with personalized interaction. Youth will be provided case management to support their education and career development. The program is funded by the Arizona Department of Economic Security - Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program. The Youth Refugee Mentoring Program can serve eligible beneficiaries ages 16-24 who are within their first five years in the United States. Eligible beneficiaries are defined as refugees, amerasians, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, special immigrant visa holders and victims of human trafficking.

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