Solutions that Work: Services for New Americans

Solutions Journalism Network

Being a New American is complicated. As federal policy and national attention have recently focused on reducing the number of immigrants and refugees in communities across the country,  some cities and towns are defying that expectation. Across the nation, some people are working to ensure that immigrants and refugees are given supports to live and thrive in their communities. This collection highlights some examples of services for immigrants and refugees that are working, including initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship in Detroit, community farming just outside of Chapel Hill, comprehensive support and dedicated funding for refugee arrivals in Utica, and a profile of an intensive mentorship program for refugee girls that began in Chicago and has spread all the way to Texas. These stories span states and issues areas, but they all reflect the same goal: building compassionate communities where everyone can be safe and accepted.