Recognizing that local United Methodist churches want to play a role in resettling Afghan refugees, UMCOR has started a brand-new program where local churches can be reimbursed up to $1,000 for expenses involved with helping to resettle Afghan refugees.
The Afghan Refugee Resettlement Reimbursement program will reimburse up to $1,000 per local United Methodist Church in the United States that is in a sponsorship relationship with Church World Service. Expenses eligible for reimbursement must fit the following criteria:
- Pre-arrival support, such as: setting up/furnishing an apartment; providing a culturally appropriate welcome meal; welcoming a family at the airport.
- Post-arrival support: assisting in English Language Learners (ELL) tutoring; providing transportation to medical appointments; assisting with grocery shopping or community navigation; mentorship.
- Providing other financial support to a newly arrived Afghan family to help them adjust to life in the U.S.
Full details, including application forms, can be found on the UMCOR website:
Afghan Refugee Resettlement Reimbursement Program