Who are we and what is our goal?
We are a group of concerned people from Lexington or connected to Lexington calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Our focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly.
The mission of LexRAP is to support and assist refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into American society. This assistance would include a support network for housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, education (especially English), employment, legal aid, and socialization. Beneficiaries of this assistance will be all people legally seeking or having received permission to live in the U.S., either temporarily or permanently. LexRAP is a 501C non-profit organization.
We need volunteers and donations.
We are currently seeking volunteers, with either major or modest time commitments. Examples of volunteer opportunities include:
o Legal services, such as assisting with immigration issues
o Housing – helping individuals or families find temporary accommodations or long term housing
o Hosting an individual or family
o Transportation, such as providing rides to doctor or other scheduled appointments
o Agency liaison – identifying appropriate support agencies, advocate
o Job placement – offering or helping identify employment opportunities, helping prepare a resume
o Foster family for an unaccompanied minor
o Translator services (especially Arabic)
o Child care – providing directly or organizing
o Socialization support – community orientation, integration with local society, connections
to ethnic and cultural communities
o Point‐person for their parish or organization to coordinate additional volunteer resources
o Fundraising and outreach
We need donations to support our client families. Our goal is at least $10,000 this year.
We are now helping four families. One of the families is a Syrian woman with her toddler daughter who came here seeking asylum. While she waits for a legal status that would allow her to work, she has no access to housing, food stamps, or other support from the government. A family in our group has offered her room in their home, and we need to support this mother and daughter financially for at least a year.
Volunteer here or contact us for more information about LexRAP.
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