Building Blocks for
New Americans Fund

What transforms a house into a home? It’s more than brick and mortar – a home is where education is a priority, life falls into a regular routine, and neighbors and friends visit regularly. These are the building blocks for a thriving home. For New American families, being resettled is not enough – it’s what happens afterwards that counts. That’s where the Building Blocks for New Americans Fund at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) plays a critical role.

Becoming a New American

In the last two years, our country has closed its doors on many refugees, especially those from high conflict areas in the Arab world, where more than half of the world’s refugees come from. In December of 2016, the Building Blocks for New Americans Fund was launched at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) after many were forced from their homes in Syria and resettled in the United States.  As of the current day, the fund has raised about $450,000 in cash and in-kind donations to support more than 60 New American families predominately from Syria, as well as Yemen and Iraq who are living in Metro Detroit. The fund assists in covering basic needs from rental support, transportation, household necessities to housing assistance for some of them.  One hundred percent of all donations through this fund directly benefits the families.

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Current campaign: Building Blocks for a Thriving Home

We’ve provided the essentials, but more remains to be done, as it takes a lot for them to get back on their feet. Today, most of the families are working but are living in poverty and are now facing new challenges. For example, when emergencies occur, such as serious illness, unexpected home repairs, or loss of work, many families have limited or no savings to make ends meet. We want to build on the work we’ve already done and be there to help see them through – to provide the building blocks for a thriving home. Our goals for this campaign are to:

  • Provide support for rent, medical expenses and other unmet needs in case of emergencies for families living paycheck to paycheck
  • Empower women to enter the workforce and obtain reliable transportation
  • Provide personalized, private English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for parents and children
  • Assist with home ownership (for those who qualify)

Through this ongoing intervention, we are committed to making sure that we are building a stable future for our most vulnerable, and newest, citizens.

How can YOU help?

Our current campaign seeks to raise $120,000 to achieve these goals. Once we reach this level of support, we will unlock a $30,000 match from a group of generous donors…that’s a twenty-five percent match!  But we need your help to make that possible! If you make a gift today, 100% of your gift plus the 25% match will support refugee families in building safe, hopeful, and productive lives. Thank you for your generous support as we work to ensure that New American families thrive – at work, in school, and at home.

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