What We Do
We hold cultural events and fundraisers to support refugees and promote community engagement.
SARA Organization has a variety of projects designed to help refugees with job skills, ESL, transportation, housing and health care. We have a sewing program, a catering program, and an Adopt-A-Family program, all of which allow locals to directly support Syrian refugees on their path to self-sufficiency.
- Education- SARA works with AISD refugee support office to resolve issues and facilitate communications related to registration, transportation, translation, special education and parent support. SARA helps with tuition fees and holds ESL and tutoring classes.
- Food- SARA provides welcome food packages and distributes food to refugees on an as-needed basis. Periodically, SARA works with partners to make food donations available to refugees.
- Housing- SARA helps provide temporary financial assistance for rent and utility bills. We also provide general help with furniture, appliances, internet, kitchen wares and cleaning supplies.
- Healthcare- SARA helps facilitate appointments and doctor visits. We refer clients to SARA-affiliated medical professionals who are willing to donate full or partial costs of medical service. SARA also provides companion care for refugee families facing difficult medical situations. Companion care includes scheduling appointments, providing transportation, and accompanying refugees to hospitals, doctor visits and follow-ups.
- Employment - SARA helps find employment and training for our clients. We facilitate communication between potential employers, create resumes, prepare clients for interviews, etc.
- Transportation - SARA helps facilitate transportation between doctor visits, government offices, job interviews, the store, the park, etc. We also teach clients how to use public transportation and in some cases, we've been able to provide donated vehicles for families most in need.
- Mentorship - We help mentor young adult girls and boys in weekly sessions designed to foster a sense of community where they can practice English, have fun, make friends and get the support necessary to thrive.