Neighbors in Need EMERGENCY Fund
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:39
LIRS provides a wide variety of services to refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers—but occasionally, the individuals and families we work with have needs that fall outside of traditional programming.
That’s where the Neighbors in Need Emergency Fund comes in. This special program offers emergency support for our immigrant and refugee neighbors in the face of crisis or in cases where the standard offerings of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) are insufficient.
Recent examples of individuals served by Neighbors in Need include…
- Ukrainian refugees in need of housing, clothing, and other critical needs
- Afghans evacuated after the fall of Kabul who required cell phones to contact their families and connect with their new communities
- A young boy who needed a prosthetic limb after her was injured in his journey to the United States
- Immigrant families who were affected by COVID-19 and ineligible for government support
Please give to the Neighbors in Need Fund today. Your compassion supports our mission to provide holistic support to those we serve. Help us welcome the stranger. Thank you in advance for your generosity and solidarity with immigrants and refugees!
A Reason for Hope
This single mother of four lost her job as a dishwasher in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was extremely troubled about her unemployment status and feared they would have to leave their home. The children shared their mother’s anxiety, intensified by uncertainty surrounding their father’s detention in immigration custody. Fortunately, the family gained approval from Neighbors in Need and were allotted funds to ensure they could meet rent. The children also received electronic tablets to learn English and advance their other studies virtually. The mother has since been able to return to work and to achieve some financial stability.
Standing in for a Son
Ms. Nuong Thi My Kien and her three children arrived in the US in 2016 from Vietnam and registered as secondary migrants with The Center. Nuong’s eldest son went to visit Vietnam at the beginning of 2020 but could not return due to the pandemic. As a result, the family lost its entire income, for he was the sole financial provider for the family of four. They were unable to pay their rent and did not have money to buy groceries. Thanks to Neighbors in Need, LIRS was able to extend Ms. Nuong’s family a grant to cover these expenses. The family avoided late fees and possible eviction.