- One hour per week for at least 3-6 months; flexible with your schedule
- 18+, but your kids are welcome to join you; pass background check
- Southeast Side
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You like helping people experience and learn new things. You love the feeling of accomplishment when someone else tries out something and a lightbulb turns on! You’re understanding of cultural nuances and willing to patiently listen and learn and respect the things that make us different from one another. You like to make even the seemingly mundane things, like a trip to the post office, fun for your learners. You enjoy making people feel welcome, and you have a healthy sense of boundaries when it comes to helping others.
About Thrive Refugee Support Center
Thrive has been helping refugees in our community since 2011. The refugee support center opened in June 2016 and has been serving refugees through its Cultural Broker, Citizenship, and ESL programs. Thrive also welcomes refugees to drop in to ask questions and receive support from volunteers on site as needed.
What Others are Saying
“I think helping a family navigate daily life has been very eye-opening and rewarding. Mostly we’re just going through mail, and I help to make things more understandable, but it’s these small interactions that can be the most difficult for people. I want the community at-large to understand that refugees are just people trying to understand and get by in the systems that we ourselves are trying to understand, with the added struggles of financial insecurity and a language barrier. They are smart, intuitive, adaptive people that just want a better and more secure life than the one they were forced to leave.”Allison
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Thrive Refugee Support Center directly.
What to Expect
Reach out to Allison, and she’ll invite you to the next monthly orientation, which typically takes place once a month on Thursday evenings. Then you’ll fill out an application and complete a background check. The second one-hour orientation will be more intensive about what it’s like to be a refugee, the process they go through before they arrive, and what resettlement looks like. Allison will personally match you with a family or individual that needs assistance with things that complement your strengths and passions. At the first meeting with the family, Allison will come with you to make the introduction and spend time helping you get to know each other, discussing goals and needs and how you can help accomplish them.