"Welcoming the Stranger Among Us"


Contact Beth Russell at erussell@archindy.org for training dates.

St. Alban's Advocates
Join the Patron Saint of refugees in prayer by spiritually adopting a refugee or refugee family. Offer prayers for their safe arrival and graces needed to adjust to a new life in the United States. You could write letters of encouragement and prayers for them. We would match you with a family and you could meet them, with a staff member, at the airport for their arrival. This would be a good time to give them the collection of letters and prayers. This is a great way to live in solidarity with our sisters and brother refugees!

English Tutor/Instructor/Class Assistant
Work individually with students in an in-home or classroom setting, focusing on literacy and speaking development.

Citizenship Class Instructor/Assistant
Prepare students for the Naturalization test. No experience is required and prospective instructors will receive training. A two month commitment is required, with approximately four hours per week of volunteer time needed.

Refugee Mentor
Provide support to newly arrived refugees.Culture shock is unavoidable for anyone who suddenly finds him/herself living in a different society. It is especially intense among refugee populations. Having a friend from the new community does wonders in making a refugee feel welcome.

After School Tutor
Assist refugee youth (Elementary - High School) with homework which includes reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. This opportunity takes place in a group setting.

For more information, please contact Michele Schrougham at mschrougham@archindy.org.

Apartment Set-up
Help our pre-arrival team prepare welcoming homes for newly arriving refugees.

Welcoming Strangers Card Committee
Create cards for incoming refugees. Everyone appreciates a thoughtful word of welcome and encouragement. We'll provide you with translations of our clients' languages to duplicate or paste on your cards and posters. Once made, cards and posters will placed in newly prepared apartments or given to clients when they arrive. If you're still overflowing with the spirit to welcome, you may accompany our staff as we greet clients at the airport.

Children's Reading Group
Spend time reading English books to children in a group setting. This volunteer opportunity provides an educational and socializing environment for the child and parent.

Donation Room Coordinator
Help organize the donation room, a team of volunteers, and service day projects.

U-Visa Liaison/Advocate
The U-Visa is an immigration benefit given to those who were victims of certain types of crimes. The purpose is to alleviate the fear of immigrants reaching out to law enforcement and to provide an incentive for them to come forward to report a crime. The U-Visa Liaison/Advocate will help minimize the burden of the certification process by working with the applicant, build relationships with investigating agencies, and find ways to make the certification process as easy and less cumbersome. (minimum 5 hours per week)

Refugee Family Reunification Volunteer
Refugees who enter the U.S. sometimes have been separated from their immediate family members. The Refugee Family Reunification Volunteer will have the opportunity to listen to refugees share their stories, participate in the reuniting of their family, learn about the process, and experience the joy and excitement with refugees as their family members arrive in the United States. (minimum 10 hours per week)

Refugee to Residency Volunteer
Volunteer will have the opportunity to interact with refugee families, learn about the Permanent Resident process, and help refugees take the next step towards becoming a U.S. Citizen.

Citizenship Class Coordinator
The Citizenship Class Coordinator will work with Citizenship Class volunteers to evaluate and improve the classes to help students achieve their goal of Citizenship. (10-15 hours per week)


For further details about how to get involved, please contact Beth Russell or at (317)236-1592.

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