“Thank you… It is good to know someone in this country cares about me and my family.” A Congolese refugee
The Refugee Support Center (RSC) is a 501 (c)(3), volunteer-based organization established to serve and to promote the self-sufficiency of refugees who live or work in Orange County, NC. Founded in July 2012 and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Peace Prize, we served over 900 refugees in 2016. During their first three months after arrival, refugees are assisted by resettlement agencies which have cooperative agreements with the Department of State to provide reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees. After 90 days, these agencies typically must phase out. Our services are most often sought immediately after this ninety-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 22.5 registered refugees. Current US policy reduced this year’s number of refugee admissions from 95,000 to 45,000, the lowest in the history of US resettlement. At the present rate rate of admissions, it is projected that only about 25,000 will be admitted. Please see our advocacy page for what you can do.