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Set Up a Home

LSSNCA and our neighbors have welcomed and resettled refugee families in Maryland and Virginia for 81 years. More than a decade ago, our community created the Good Neighbor Partners (GNP) program when coming together to set-up and offer homes to families fleeing war. Inspired by the work, the GNP program has been replicated elsewhere, and LSSNCA has expanded our program to Good Neighbor Partners and Champions

Good Neighbor Partners are faith community partners who have opportunity to support a resettling family for one (1) year. Champions levels are open to both faith community partners and those not joining as a faith community partner, but rather groups of friends, colleagues or individuals. There are two levels of Champions support.

GOOD NEIGHBOR PARTNERS

Good Neighbor Partners (GNP) are faith community partners who support a resettling family for one (1) year. You assist by:

  • Setting up a home for an arriving family, and providing all the furnishings and household supplies
  • Supporting with adjustment needs, such as transportation to and from appointments within the first 90 days 
  • Providing three (3) additional core areas of support (like school enrollment or Internet payments) 
  • Paying full rent for three months, and at least 6 months of partial rental assistance.

Good Neighbor Partners are vetted through LSSNCA to work on a program funded by the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). Partners help LSSNCA provide core services and meet newly resettled refugees' needs. Each partner needs to complete an interest form, complete a background check for its coordination team, and attend an orientation before being matched with a refugee case. There’s a $500 donation associated with this level to cover supplemental costs and paperwork filing.

CHAMPIONS

Champions levels are open to both faith community partners and those not joining as a faith community partner, but rather groups of friends, colleagues or individuals. There are two levels of Champions support.

Level 1 is a six (6) month commitment. Champions welcome new neighbors by:

  • Setting up a home for an arriving family, and providing all of the furnishings and household supplies
  • Supporting with adjustment needs, such as transportation to and from appointments within the first 90 days
  • Providing three (3) additional core areas of support (like school enrollment and Internet payments)

Level 2 support an initial move-in by:

  • Collecting all furnishings and household items for a new home
  • Setting up the home for the family’s arrival  

We work to vet and best-match GNPs, Champions, and families, so turnaround time may vary. Due to the difficult housing situation, permanent housing is taking longer than normal. If you know someone who would like to rent to a refugee family, let us know.


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