WHY THE REFUGEE DREAM CENTER?

The Refugee Dream Center is created to serve as a venue of cultural and resource exchange for the refugee community of Rhode Island. Generally, the cash assistance that refugees receive through the federal government supports them only for a short time as they are expected to be self-sufficient within the first few months of their arrival in this country. However, achieving self-sufficiency is a slow process for people with a number of challenges including language, transportation, employment barriers, cultural barriers, and general adjustment issues. This is why the Refugee Dream Center does not bring refugees into the state. Instead, the center focuses on working with this population later on, after their arrival, to target specific gaps that exist and fill them. Refugees are given the opportunity to learn new skills, receive case management support, job training and the opportunity to network in a diverse setting. Refugees also have the opportunity to integrate into the larger American society by interacting and sharing their unique cultures and skills at the Center.