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

With ongoing conflicts in the Arab World, many are forced from their home countries with little to no personal possessions, seeking shelter from conflict and disaster. This is why the Building Blocks for New Americans (BBNA) Fund was launched at CAAP in December 2016 with an initial goal of raising $100,000 to support 25 Syrian refugee families in Metro Detroit with housing, transportation, and household needs. This initial campaign ultimately raised more than $300,000, aiding more than 50 New American families predominately from Syria, as well as Yemen and Iraq – now living in Metro Detroit and Houston, Texas. Today, many of these families are stable and are successfully adapting to their new lives.

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Building Blocks for a Thriving Home

We’ve provided the essentials, but more remains to be done. There are many more families who are in need of services, and families that received initial support through this fund now face 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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