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Welcome Afghan Allies

For two decades, the U.S. Government employed Afghan Allies to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and other government employees as interpreters, translators, cultural advisors, drivers, and more. Because of their service to the U.S. mission, our allies and their families soon became the targets of anti-American violence. Through the U.S. government’s initiative, Operation Allies Refuge, more than 100,000 Afghans have been evacuated to the U.S. and military bases.

LSSNCA, the largest resettlement agency in our region, has welcomed nearly 1,000 Afghan Allies since July 31. We’re on track to welcome 2,400 more by 2022. This is a record number for LSSNCA with the previous high set at 1,625 over an entire year.  

  • Allies Welcomed Since July 1

    1,930

  • Volunteers Recruited

    5,300

  • Donations Gifted to Families

    $1,542,000

How does LSSNCA welcome new neighbors?

When a refugee or SIV family is assured with LSSNCA, they are assigned a case manager through the Reception & Placement (R&P) program, which is funded by the U.S. State Department. The R&P program includes initial support, including: 

  • securing housing for the family 
  • picking up the family at the airport (or Fort Lee) 
  • arranging a home setup 
  • ensuring a culturally appropriate meal and a week’s worth of groceries are ready for the family in the home when they arrive 

Over three months, a LSSNCA case manager provides continued support with: 

  • family health screenings 
  • enrollment in K-12 public school 
  • enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes 
  • applications for benefits (e.g., social security, Medicaid, etc.) 
  • orientation on topics such as pre-employment, transportation, and cross-cultural adjustment
  • clients also receive a wide range of specialized support including employment services, medical referrals, education support, youth case management and ongoing volunteer and mentoring support. 

Beyond the three months, services continue with the partnership of community groups and individual donations. 

How can you help?

We've received an outpouring of love and support for Aghan Allies from our community. Thank you for welcoming these families as we see a rapid influx of arrivals and expect this trend to continue over the next few months. We need your time, talents, and gifts to help provide transportation, housing, and other basic needs to our new neighbors.

Check our Take Action tab for more ways to support, and be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on the evolving situation and how to stay involved! 


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