Community Support is Vital to Refugee Success:
Resettled Refugees contribute to the enrichment of San Antonio. Many people find employment within months of resettlement and become tax payers, dependable employees, and reliable neighbors who contribute positively to the diversity of our community. The challenges resettled persons encounter are many, including language barriers, cultural and educational differences, health needs, and limited work experience.
You may help in the following ways:
Financial Contributions:You may donate on-line or mail in donations to our office.
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CRS List of Needs:
Donations of Cash for ongoing operations: Budget is @ $4,500
per month for rent, utilities, office supplies, refugee assistance. No salaries
are paid. All staff are volunteers.
Donations of Cash for refugee assistance such as dental
extractions or fillings to alleviate pain, one month of rent to prevent eviction,
purchase of new mattresses.
Donations of items:
- Diapers: A monthly donation of $40 can serve the diaper needs of 40 children at CRS.
- Unscented baby wipes. Baby wash/shampoo. NO lotions or oil.
- Household goods for newly arriving refugees: Kitchen towels and pot holders, kitchen utensils, small bowls for cereal or soup, towels and wash cloths, rugs - all sizes, drinking glasses, plates, cups, utensils, crayons & coloring books, large pots for stew or soup, tooth brushes, toothpaste, serving platters, hygiene kits including feminine hygiene, sheets, blankets, tables and chairs, chest of drawers, coffee and end tables, desks, sofas, microwaves, beds, lamps.
- Our furniture volunteers will pick up large pieces of furniture &
immediately deliver them to refugees. Please do not drop them off at
CRS: no storage space.
- Provide large families with paper goods such as diapers, feminine
hygiene products, toliet paper, and laundry soap. These items are
costly & take up a large percent of the family budget.
- Create Baby bags, Women’s Hygiene Kits.
Donations of time:
- Refugee sewing class on Fridays....hands-on sewing instruction.
- Furniture pick up and deliver.
- Volunteer coordinator furniture and household goods - someone
who can keep up with the ebb and flow of everyone's changing
availability, and plug new help in where needed.
- Donations coordinator - willing to take calls all times of the day,
within reason. Assign pick ups to volunteers after determining
availability of the donor. Keep track of requests and match up
donations with recipients. Share recipient info with volunteer pick up
person. Example, an email to pick up and delivery person like this:
Joanna, please call abc to pick up 123. Deliver to xyz.
- Storage unit manager - keep unit organized with other volunteers
and solicit donations of things needed. We have many sources of
donations, but getting them organized and on the shelves for efficient
use is crucial.
- Periodic technical support for PC’s, printers, fax & scan functions,
- Driving refugees to the dentist or doctor, to register children for
school, to WIC appointments.
- Front desk intake volunteer: M-F; preferably 10 - 3:00 - must be
willing to commit to a scheduled day.
- Case management. (This can be learned).
- Monday night tutoring help for high school students.
- Adults in ESL classes at Alamo Colleges.
- FAFSA, college applications, and essays.
- Mentoring: large and overwhelmed families with low literacy to
college-educated with low English skills.
- Grant writing.
- Teaching: GED, Citizenship, two ESL teachers for basic level ( M-W
or T-Th). (Commitment for ESL is for a 10 week session).
- Job training, jobs.
- Play & Learn Volunteers (4 weekly sessions in October ; 4 weekly
sessions in April).
- Help with annual events such as: Pre-K, Women’s Health, Back-to-
School shoe drive, Worshipers for Warmth.
- Volunteer(s) to assist music teachers on Saturday afternoons with
supervision of students.
To provide any items to refugee families please contact the CRS office at 210-949-0062 to schedule a delivery. For large items, pick-up is available. Tax deductible receipts are available
Center for Refugee Services Statement of Donor Rights:
Your decision to support the efforts of Center for Refugee Services is your voluntary action for the common good of your community. The San Antonio community is a great region to live because of the deep tradition of giving and sharing through a vast array of community based non-profit and faith based organizations. To ensure that your support of Center for Refugee Services earns the respect and trust so deeply deserved, and so that future investors of Center for Refugee Services can have full confidence in the use of their generous support towards the mission of assisting refugees in the San Antonio area in their pursuit of self-sufficiency, we declare that all Center for Refugee Services donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the mission of Center for Refugee Services, of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of board of directors, and to expect Center for Refugee Services’ board of directors to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the most recent financial statements of Center for Refugee Services.
- To be assured their gifts will be used by Center for Refugee Services for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition from Center for Refugee Services for the generous support they are providing to help refugees resettled in San Antonio, Texas.
- To be assured that information about their donation to Center for Refugee Services is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing Center for Refugee Services will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of Center for Refugee Services or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that Center for Refugee Services may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions of Center for Refugee Services staff, volunteers and board of directors when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.