Welcome Afghan Families

Refugees from war-torn Afghanistan are arriving at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in South Jersey, one of four military installations. While families will have their immediate needs met while at these facilities, it will take coordinated effort to put their lives back in order.

Public-private partnerships have long existed to help refugees resettle and build new lives. It is not a government-only effort. Below is a very short list of nonprofit organizations in the area that will be assisting the new arrivals. Please consider making a donation – cash, furnishings, or volunteer time. If you know of other nonprofits active in refugee resettlement, please send your comments.

These and other nonprofit organizations work to integrate refugees in our communities, helping to provide the linkages to housing, furniture, job training, employment, etc.

Give what you can.

International Rescue Committee Seeks Volunteers

An email was recently sent by New Jersey’s leading refugee resettlement agency seeking volunteers. I urge you to read their message below. You can directly help arriving refugee families.

The International Rescue Committee resettles over 70% of refugees arriving to New Jersey. If you would like to learn more about how refugees arrive in New Jersey, consider attending our Introduction to Refugee Resettlement Webinar, held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am. Please RSVP here.

In addition:

  • IRC provides low cost and quality immigration legal services to anyone in the community. Under the supervision of a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative, clients receive assistance with a wide range of immigration related applications, including adjustments of status (green cards), family reunification petitions, employment authorization documents and citizenship applications. The IRC recently launched a new system for initiating citizenship applications online. Start your citizenship application today or call us at 908-351-5116 X116 to speak with our immigration department or schedule a consultation.
  • IRC is seeking community and faith based groups to be paired directly with a newly arriving refugee family through our HOME program (Housing Outreach Mentorship Education). Fill out this survey if your group is interested.

Thanks so much.

Visit IRC’s New Jersey website for additional volunteer opportunities or call Alison Millan, Resettlement Director, at 908-351-5116.