United Way of Washtenaw County Invests more than $36,000 in Afghan Refugee Resettlement Efforts

December 16, 2021 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) -- United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has invested  a total of $36,000 in local Afghan Refugee resettlement efforts. UWWC has made a $20,550 grant  to Jewish Family Services and a $15,550 grant to Samaritas.  

“United Way of Washtenaw County recognizes the needs that exist and stands ready to  strengthen the safety net of support in our community so that all people have the opportunity to  feel safe and welcome here,” shared Pam Smith, President & CEO. 

Jewish Family Services and Samaritas will be working directly with refugees arriving in the United  States on humanitarian visas. Many are arriving with few personal belongings and need assistance  finding a home, enrolling children in school, and acclimating to the United States. Refugees with a  humanitarian visa, unlike other visas, are only entitled to 90 days of assistance and not eligible to  work until they receive employment authorization, which takes an average of six months. This gap,  between support and employment, is what Jewish Family Services and Samaritas are addressing  with grant funding from UWWC.  

Learn more about these grants and other investments United Way made in the community by  visiting https://www.uwwashtenaw.org/your-dollars-work . To make a donation in support of the  community visit www.uwgive.org