Refugee Homeless Prevention Program
The Refugee Homeless Prevention Program is the newest program at Aurora and the first of its kind in Evansville. Before Aurora’s involvement, refugees arriving in Indiana had to receive case management support through Indianapolis, even if their family lived in Southern Indiana. Currently, case management is provided for 90 days, by Aurora, to the assigned U.S. family ties and the arriving refugees. The refugees have been through extensive background checks and medical examinations prior to being approved as legal immigrants and are then assigned to Aurora’s Refugee Homeless Prevention Program. A case manager meets the refugees at the airport and begins the process of cultural orientation and collecting documentation. The case manager collaborates with many local agencies to ensure the refugees obtain their Social Security card, link in with the school system, enroll into ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, preform job searches and locate affordable housing. Aurora also ensures that the families have a safe place to stay, clothes to wear, food to eat and provides transportation while preparing for their new lives here in the Evansville area.
Every refugee family is a case by case scenario on support. With that said, in general we need transportation support (big time), help securing jobs and home welcoming kits (like plates, silverware, etc.)
To volunteer or help, email Danette at firstname.lastname@example.org.