Refugee Support Services provides a multitude of programs to assist refugees who have been resettled in Charlotte.  Following are some of our focus areas:

Fruitful Friends Program

Refugees often simply want an American friend with whom they can practice their English, explore Charlotte, and help get answers about life in this new culture. Refugee Support Services pairs American volunteers — individuals, couples, or entire families — with refugee families who would appreciate the friendship and mentorship of local Charlotte residents.

Refugee Help Center

Refugees are encouraged to come to our Wednesday and/or Thursday Refugee Help Center sessions (10 am-Noon) to receive assistance with a variety of issues, such as:  sorting through and understanding their mail, getting help making telephone calls to solve issues or make appointments, completing government forms, understanding their bills and payment options, learning self-sufficiency skills, receiving fresh produce, participating in family literacy opportunities, learning new crafts, and much more.

Educate Americans About Refugee Crises

RSS offers free Refugee 101 Workshops a few times each month.  This is a required part of becoming an RSS volunteer, so if you are considering becoming one — or if you just want to learn more about the current worldwide refugee situation and how it impacts us here in Charlotte — please complete an online Volunteer Application and sign up for the next available Refugee 101 session.  If you would like one of our staff members to speak at a community- or faith-based event, please contact us.

Special Events

Refugee Support Services sponsors many fun events for our refugee friends. Here are some of them:  Annual 01-01 Refugee Birthday Party, Spring Fling, Swim Day at the J, Free Stuff Giveaway Day, Ladies’ Tea Parties.  In addition, we collaborate with other local agencies for some programs and events, such as World Refugee Day and Deer/Game Delivery.

Self-Sufficiency Workshops

Some of the special workshops we sponsor/co-sponsor include:  Nutrition & Cooking, Home-Buying & Credit-Building, Voting Clinic, Financial Literacy, Family First Aid, Personal Hygiene, Home-Cleaning Tips & Techniques.

Love & Learn

Refugee Support Services provides refugee families with a safe, loving, nurturing environment — including an inside classroom and an outdoor playground — that promotes a love for learning and creative play.  All are welcome during regular Refugee Help Center hours.