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Promising Practices

Welcoming America is collecting an archive of promising practices from the field. Filter by sector or strategy to find promising practices used by organizations to build support and welcome for refugees.

By embracing the needs of refugees in his community, a Georgia grocery store owner gained loyal customers, turned his business around, and created a sense of community. His story highlights the benefits of embracing the diversity and strengths of recently arrived refugees.

Stay-at-home mom Becca Clary found common ground with Sudanese refugee Fatima Bakhit through a cultural exchange program at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Not only has Becca helped Fatima feel welcome in her new home and learn English, she also has gained a friend.  

Building a nation of neighbors starts right where you are: in your community, and there are ways you can make a difference, too. Together, let’s build bridges and demonstrate that our differing identities are assets in making our communities and nation stronger. 

English school gives refugee mothers and their young children an opportunity to build community and a sense of belonging and helps reduce barriers for inclusion among this often overlooked group.

Hawa Abdelrahmin’s kind smile hides that by 8:30 on a sunny Thursday morning, she’s already had a very busy day. After walking a mile to take six-year-old son Ahmed to kindergarten with siblings Youssef (3) and Susan (8 months) in tow, she headed next to English class before getting a call that Ahmed was sick with pinkeye and must be taken home.

Boise, Idaho, has a thriving refugee population that enriches the community’s social and economic fabric. This Welcoming America member is committed to inclusion and as part of their mayor’s priorities, has invested in a full-time police refugee liaison officer to respond to the unique needs of new Americans.

“Law enforcement isn’t just about making an arrest, but truly providing justice and making sure everyone feels safe and a part of their community,” said Officer Dustin Robinson, the unit’s second Police Refugee Liaison Officer since the program launched.

Refugees and established community members gather at the Tampa Bay Garden to plant and tend crops, all the while breaking down barriers, getting to know one another, and learning to understand each other.  This garden, which is located outside of St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church, provides community members with the opportunity to grow vegetables and fruits for sustenance and sale.