"Welcoming the Stranger Among Us"


Training available for anyone who would like tips, ideas, resources and lesson plans to help our newly arrived sisters and brothers learn English!

Training is also helpful for ANY volunteer working with refugees.

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
Work individually with students in an in-home or classroom setting, focusing on literacy and speaking development.

Citizenship Class Instructor
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.

Citizenship Class Assistant
Help students become U.S. Citizens and improve confidence in English and U.S. History and Government. The assistant will also conduct mock interviews and provide support and encouragement to students.

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.



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

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