The Issue: Language Barriers for Refugees Seeking Asylum
According to the Refugee Health Program of Colorado, approximately 2,600 refugees fleeing violence and political persecution arrive in Colorado each year. Integrating into American society can be a difficult transition, requiring them to resettle and seek employment while overcoming language and cultural barriers.
The Campaign: Providing Translation Services to Refugees
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Mercy Housing to provide translation services at community meetings for refugee families living at Grace Apartments. A tax credit property in southeast Denver , the complex houses nearly 300 refugees and other immigrants primarily from Southeast Asian countries such as Bhutan, Burma, and Nepal.
Every $600 raised will provide a year’s worth of translation services for residents, including interpretation to support lease and safety education, community resources, and referrals. If $1,200 is raised, Mercy Housing could provide translation services to help with specialized training such as housekeeping, educational advancement, and one-on-one support with handling matters such as family finances.
Mercy Housing—one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations of its kind—operates according to the conviction that affordable housing can revitalize neighborhoods, boost residents’ economic status, and stabilize lives. The organization serves a variety of populations, from refugee families to seniors and people with special needs. In its work across 43 states, Mercy Housing strives to redefine affordable housing by creating stable foundations for residents through supportive services such as after-school programs, employment initiatives, and financial education. On any given day, Mercy Housing serves more than 144,000 people.
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