Each time a new refugee family arrives, we load up our van with items to furnish their new home. Would you consider donating items so that we can extend love to refugees in this practical way? Downloadable List of Items
A gift to the Welcome Home Fund will help provide household items and furniture, as well as pay security deposits and offer assistance in finding the best housing opportunity for each family.
Even before securing employment, having a home to rely on during a new refugee family’s first few months in Minnesota is vital. We are actively seeking property owners and landlords with availability and interest in renting to our newest neighbors.
Newly arrived refugees need housing immediately upon arrival but their situation is unique. It takes 2-4 weeks after arrival to Minnesota for refugees to receive other forms of identification, e.g. their social security card and photo identification, even though they apply within their first few days here. All refugees have passed an extensive background check by the Department of Homeland Security and would not get to the United States without an impeccable criminal record. However, it is not possible to run a criminal background check on arriving or newly arrived refugees because they have no history in the U.S. Similarly, arriving and newly arrived refugees do not have any rental, employment, or credit history in the U.S.
Refugees have come from very difficult situations and are very strong, determined, and hard-working people. They are driven to create a safe and stable environment for their families despite all odds. This means they will do their best to be good tenants who are respectful of property, neighbors, and apartment managers.
Arrive Ministries provides extensive training to new refugees on how to be good tenants. Refugees are taught by their case managers that rent is the most important monthly bill to pay, and are therefore more likely to pay rent on time even when they have limited income.
Arrive Ministries is a refugee resettlement agency providing essential services and practical assistance to refugees and immigrants to advance self-sufficiency. We mobilize volunteers, in partnership with local churches, to extend love and friendship to our new neighbors to promote thriving in a new homeland.
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