Refugee Support Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit post-resettlement organization that helps newly-arrived refugees make Charlotte their new home.
The mission of Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas, Inc. is to facilitate programs and intercultural relationships that promote refugee self-sufficiency and enrich our community.
- Connect refugees to the greater Charlotte community by facilitating reciprocal relationships
between refugees and Americans through the Fruitful Friendships Program
- Teach self-sufficiency skills to refugees, empowering them to thrive in American society through our various programs, including Refugee Help Centers, educational programs, and occasional special events.
- Educate Americans about refugees and the refugee population in their community
In the spring of 2006, Rachel Humphries was teaching English as a Second Language through Central Piedmont Community College to a group of recently arrived Montagnard refugees (originally from the Central Highlands of Vietnam) at an apartment complex in East Charlotte. As Rachel and volunteer Lauren Moore were exposed to and educated about the refugee population in Charlotte, they grew to love the people and started connecting refugees with locals who could help meet their additional needs outside of the classroom. In 2006, Refugee Support Services was founded and has, since then, continued to grow and evolve, facilitating rich relationships between refugees and the Charlotte community through many successful programs, including Fruitful Friends, Refugee Help Center, and Knit Together. Learn more about Refugee Support Services and the various ways you could participate in the amazing assistance work we do!
Refugee Support Services is located in the Galilee Center at 3601 Central Ave. in Charlotte, NC.