Because we are talking about a long-term relationship between the community and the resettled individuals and families, it is imperative that both parties are involved in the matching process. Community placements of refugees will take into account the resettled peoples’ interests, preferred location, and overall compatibility with the community.
For the first two months of a person's arrival, NSTs can expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week as a team helping the person or family access resources, acclimate to their new community, and settle in their new homes.
Neighborhood support teams will be needed to help with the following tasks in the coming months and years as refugees rebuild their lives here in the U.S.:
- Helping locate and setup short and long-term housing
- Welcoming and helping introduce new arrivals to the community
- Assisting with education enrollment and support
- Fundraising to ease financial burdens while people get settled
- Assisting individuals in their search for employment
- Helping people access and navigate the U.S. healthcare system
- Helping locate additional resources and benefits
- Coordinating with Ascentria case managers