Portland Refugee Support Group
To empower refugees through social support and education, PRSG Operates in four main areas where refugees have identified the need for additional support beyond what is available through resettlement agencies. These include Community Connections, Community Wellness, Community Classrooms, and Community Aid.
Bottom Line for Portland
Government contracted resettlement agencies receive funding to support refugees for a limited time. These services are centered on initial needs, last as few as 3-6 months, and are often insufficient to support a successful transition to a new home. PRSG picks up where these agencies leave off by fostering true self-sufficiency with programs centered on economic mobility, education, social capital, and community re-empowerment.
After my husband was shot and almost killed in Syria he became a quadriplegic. In some ways we were lucky. We wound up getting resettled in the United States and I told myself I would do anything it took to care for him and our three children. PRSG was a saving grace for us. It gave much needed community and access to people who helped us navigate a new life here. Ultimately, it helped me identify the strengths I had inside me to learn English, learn how to drive, and to become a leader for other families who came after me. - Shamsa (Faaten) Abdulhayy, Syrian Refugee
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
PRSG is by the community and for the community. Many of us have lived experience resettling in the US and 70% of our board and leadership team are BIPOC. We are dedicated to helping all refugee families integrate into our society with ease and comfort, welcoming them with open arms and making them feel like family.