Community Foundation awards more grants to help resettle Afghan refugees | Securities
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced Thursday that it will allocate $ 60,000 to six local organizations helping to resettle Afghan refugees in the area.
This is the foundation’s second round of Afghan relief and resettlement grants. The new grantees are FACETS, FAMIL – Potomac Rotary Charities, Herndon-Reston FISH Inc., Homes Not Borders Inc., Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.
Each organization receives a $ 10,000 grant to support the resettlement of Afghan refugees in Northern Virginia.
The fund’s initial grants focused on immediate unmet human and basic needs, such as food, shelter, acute health care, and acute mental health services. This new round of grants will support longer-term resettlement efforts, including legal, mental health, physical health, housing, transportation, education, language and other coping skills.
“These are difficult times for the Afghan refugees and evacuees. The least we can do is do our best to welcome and embrace them, to convey our deepest concern for their well-being and to let them know that they are not alone, ”said Eileen. Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.
In a press release, beneficiaries said the funds would go towards things like food, rent assistance and beds for individuals and families.
“The … grant will allow us to pay a full month’s rent for five families pending processing of documents that will link them to benefits and work opportunities,” said Harmonie Taddeo, executive director of Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.
To date, the Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund for Northern Virginia has distributed $ 126,000 in grants.