Refugee Community Partnership

aka Refugee Community Partnership   |   Carrboro, NC   |  https://refugeecommunitypartnership.org/

Mission

RCP reshapes the social and economic environments that otherwise forces refugee and immigrant communities into the margins of society. Through long term relationship-based support, opportunity development, and cultural stewardship, RCP build vibrant ecosystems of resources, relationships, and opportunities to enable and sustain social mobility, while forging protective interdependence and solidarity among neighbors.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Madison Hayes

Main address

PO Box 461

Carrboro, NC 27510 USA

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EIN

26-3608741

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Family Services (P40)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

North Carolina has become home to the American South’s rapidly growing refugee population. Yet, this is a region with some of the worst economic disparities, targeted anti-immigrant policies, and surging hatred toward refugees. Diminishing employment opportunities, escalating affordable housing crises, and the dismantling of public benefits trap refugee families in cyclical poverty. For those who get out, it takes, on average, 13-20 years.

Our programs

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Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders trains and matches local residents to work one-on-one with RCO members, serving as their personal navigator, English-speaking liaison, and emergency contact. Members and their long term advocates work together every week to address critical needs--like finding employment, stable housing, or affordable medical care--and work toward long term goals, like obtaining a GED or going to college. Equipped with instructional modules, a technological platform for tracking trajectories, and a learning community of RCP members hailing from 5 different countries and 10+ cultures, Bridge Builders builds a powerful accompaniment model between neighbors to facilitate safe passage through daily life across sectors, from housing to employment to health care.

At the outset, members work with staff to identify their own goals, keeping advocates accountable to member’s own priorities and leadership. Bridge Builders began with 17 members and 12 advocates. Today, 430+ members work with 200+ advocates--collectively spending an average of 1,200 hours together every week--to address everything from workplace discrimination to gaining access to employment opportunities to securing affordable healthcare.

Bridge Builders is a collective community response to a systemic problem, and its mission is dual purpose: to build the individual and collective muscle for social change by transforming fractured social systems into relationships of interdependence that disarm divisive politics, disrupt the economy of oppression, and build community solidarity. By forging strategically resourced relationships between refugee families and their neighbors, we are building a blueprint that equips communities with the tools and social capital needed to protect one another, long term.

Population(s) Served

Women and girls who are victims of abuse and trauma often yearn for therapeutic support, but may be reluctant to see clinical service providers. We use a grassroots model that builds on the existing kinship ties amongst refugee communities to convene small, intimate circles of social support.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Refugee Community Partnership RCP reshapes the social and economic environments that otherwise forces refugee and immigrant communities into the margins of society. Through relationship-based support, opportunity development, and cultural stewardship, we build vibrant ecosystems of resources, opportunities and relationships that enable and sustain social mobility, while forging protective interdependence and solidarity among neighbors.

RCP’s Bridge Builders program mobilizes and trains local residents--from undergraduate students to church congregations to retirees--to serve as personal advocates, assisting members to address critical needs, like finding stable housing or employment, and to achieve long term goals, like going to college or buying a home. Advocates serve as community navigators, accompanying members to job interviews, medical appointments, and parent-teacher conferences, and as an emergency contact in times of crisis like natural disasters or police encounters. Members work with their advocates to achieve goals across the following major social mobility areas:
1. Employment & Income
2. Housing
3. Access to Community Resources & Services
4. Academic Achievement
5. Health & Safety
6. Social Bonding & Bridging

At the outset, members work with staff to identify their own goals, keeping advocates accountable to member’s own priorities and leadership. Members and advocates work together weekly, and document progress made toward each goal in RCP’s secure relationship management software to track successes over time, celebrate achievements together, and to make course changes as necessary. Advocates walk alongside members throughout their lifelong journey with US systems and institutions. Whether confronting prejudiced school administrators, predatory landlords, or abusive employers, advocates open doors that are otherwise closed to refugee and immigrant communities, forging powerful relationships of solidarity. This produces powerful methods for cross-community relationship building, collaboration, and coordinated action, and builds a shared sense of ownership.

Bridge Builders began with 17 members and 12 volunteers. Today, 430+ members work with 200+ advocates--collectively spending an average of 1,200 hours together every week--to address everything from workplace discrimination to gaining access to employment opportunities to securing affordable healthcare.

Bridge Builders is a collective community response to a systemic problem, and its mission is dual purpose: to build the individual and collective muscle for social change by transforming fractured social systems into relationships of interdependence that disarm divisive politics, disrupt the economy of oppression, and build community solidarity. We aim to decolonize the American psyche of its “bootstraps myth” and shift mindsets from charity to solidarity. Advocates are trained in social justice concepts like institutional racism, structures of power and oppression, and historical economic injustice. By forging strategically resourced relationships between refugee families and their neighbors, we are building a blueprint that equips communities with the tools and social capital needed to protect one another, long term.

Those closest to a problem are in the best position to determine its solution. After neighborhood-level conversations among refugee residents, who identified the forces that drive refugee and asylum-seeking families into the shadows of society, local refugee residents and community organizers founded RCP. Today, RCP is governed by its refugee members. With members leading the design and decision-making, RCP is a social environment that preserves and centers the cultural identities that families are often pressured to abandon in public realms of daily life. The cooperative and connected nature of Bridge Builders forges pathways of economic growth and social integration that keeps their voices and cultures in the forefront, safeguarding a collective sense of belonging that is otherwise continually under threat.

Bridge Builders is the winner of the Triangle Community Foundation’s 2017 Social Innovation Award. Executive Director Madison Hayes- along with founders of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street- is a national Fellow with The Roddenberry Foundation. Nonprofit organizations, refugee resettlement agencies, and municipal governments seek out staff as advisors on effective justice-based and community organizing strategies in refugee and immigrant support work across the country.

Financials

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Refugee Community Partnership

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Zuzana Fedorkova Love