In honor of World Refugee Day (June 20th), Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR) is asking for your support so that we may continue to serve and foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of the refugee population in Rochester.
Now more than ever, we are in extreme need for emergency assistance for families who are/at risk of experiencing unemployment, homelessness, food insecurity, domestic violence, and illness from COVID.
No matter where you currently are in the world, consider showing your support Rochester’s refugee community.
There are several ways to get involved:
2. Start a Fundraiser
To do this, simply click "Join" under the "Donate" button and create your own fundraising team.
3. Follow/like our social media (FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram) and encourage your friends to do the same and learn more about our work!
Thank you in advance for your contribution and for standing with the refugee cause.
All proceeds will directly go towards funding RHR’s case management services that help our refugee families obtain emergency relief.
For all check donations, please make the check payable to Refugees Helping Refugees and send to our mailing address:
259 Rutgers St, Rochester, NY 14607.
When we receive the check, we will update our campaign goal meter to include your contribution.
What is World Refugee Day?
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives (UNHCR).
About Refugees Helping Refugees:
REFUGEES HELPING REFUGEES (RHR) is a community-based, refugee-led organization in Rochester, NY. Our mission is to foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of refugees in our city and county. We provide the education, training, and support that enable refugees/our community members to build on their own strengths in order to advance and thrive in society. Through active participation, refugees/members of the refugee community develop essential skills, grow confidence, and gain independence.
RHR was founded in 2002 as the Somali Community of Western New York by four Somali refugees, who recognized the struggles of others in their community. Working out of their homes, they helped parents navigate school and health care systems, and started a seniors’ program to lessen the social isolation of Somali elders. They established English language classes by recruiting volunteer instructors among retired teachers. Our founders aside ethnic differences, using their English language skills and experience to serve all members of the community. Soon refugees from other African and Asian countries joined, and in 2015, affirming our commitment to serve refugees of all ethnicities and nationalities, we changed our name to REFUGEES HELPING REFUGEES.
Today, RHR serves refugees and immigrants from more than twenty countries. It RHR remains the only refugee-led refugee-serving organization in Rochester. We offer all programs and services free of charge.
For more about RHR, go to: rhrroc.org.
For any questions, please email Natalie at email@example.com.