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 several 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 more than $550,000 in cash and in-kind donations to support 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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Building Blocks for a Thriving Home

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. Currently, the Building Blocks for New Americans Fund is focusing on:

  • Providing support for rent, medical expenses and other unmet needs in case of emergencies for families living paycheck to paycheck
  • Empowering women to enter the workforce and obtain reliable transportation
  • Providing personalized and private English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for parents and children
  • Assisting 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.

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