Mobilizing our city to welcome refugees with compassion, hope, and honor as they resettle and start a new life in Houston.
Refugees arrive to the United States with very little and have to quickly begin their lives over again. Welcome Kits are filled with household items that provide refugees the starting essentials needed in their new homes. The hope is that these kits would honor refugees arriving in Houston, welcoming them with dignity, while also meeting a very tangible need.
The resettlement journey is a long and difficult one, and most refugees arrive unsure of what life in a new country holds. While they’re provided a small amount of funding for an apartment, what they need most upon arrival is people who can make them feel welcome in a new place. Volunteer Move-In Teams are responsible for turning an empty apartment into an inviting home for the refugee family.
Resettling in a new country without speaking the language, understanding the culture, or knowing anyone suddenly makes simple daily tasks daunting and overwhelming. What’s needed are friends to help with the transition!
Volunteer Welcome Teams partner with a refugee family during their first six months in Houston. Welcome Teams connect refugees with critical resources and community, act as a support system, and honor and esteem refugees with the gift of friendship.