Serving local refugees since 2012
Founded in July 2012, annually RSC serves approximately 1000 refugees, primarily from Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria. Other refugees we work with come from from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Rwanda, and Ukraine. Most of those we serve live in Orange County, North Carolina but we are able to work with refugees from surrounding counties on a case-by-case basis.
During their first three months after arrival, refugees are assisted by resettlement agencies which have contractual agreements with the Department of State to provide reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees. Because RSC is not a resettlement agency, we are not involved with the initial placement of new arrivals. After 90 days, resettlement organizations typically must phase out. RSC services are most often sought immediately after this 90-day period and continue on an as-needed basis.
The world is experiencing the largest refugee crisis in global history.
An unprecedented 65.6 million have been forcibly displaced from their homes because of violence, persecution, and war.
There are currently 26.5 million registered refugees in the world – the highest number in history.
Current US policy increased this year’s number of refugee admissions for the upcoming year to 125,000, the highest since 1993.
Services provided on an ongoing basis include after-school tutoring, citizenship and English classes as well as monthly distributions of food and diapers. However, most refugees are seen on an “as needed” basis for a variety of services.