Most refugee families encounter tremendous language, economic, and cultural challenges upon arrival in the US. Through a network of tutors and community groups, SHC eases the transition. Families from 21 different countries including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and countries of the African continent receive English language instruction and educational programs, learn to navigate services, receive help with naturalization exams, and get connected to a warm and inclusive community. To meet the needs of immigrant and refugee mothers and their young children, a family-friendly program combines one-on-one language tutoring (in-home and at a walkable distance before the pandemic; remotely with books, notebooks, and supplies provided during the pandemic; a hybrid model is likely for the fall). While mothers learn, young children benefit from activities that prepare them for the transition to school. Now more than ever, we need to stay connected.

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