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Our Mission

To create a community where refugees are welcomed and equipped with all they need to build new lives.

Our Vision

To see refugees and our community model thriving together.

Our Work

resettlement assistance and support

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employment and integration

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Community Relationships

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We provide refugees with intensive case management and basic needs support for their first 90-180 days in the country. We set them up in stable housing, connect them to health services, provide them with English and job training and help them become financially independent.  

We provide refugees with ongoing integration support through an after-school program, a refugee health promotion program and an ongoing employment program— but this service area is changing and expanding quickly! (See The Long Welcome below)

Community is the foundation of home. Without a strong sense of connection to the world around them, refugees cannot build a new life here. We work to connect our families to community partners, volunteers and mentors who can form a robust network of support around them.

The Long Welcome

our GOAL: to provide all refugees with full wrap-around integration support for 5 full years after arrival by the year 2025

In order to fulfill our vision of refugees and our community thriving together, we need to do more than just resettlement— we need a Long Welcome. That’s what we’re working towards. In the next 3-5 years, our vision is to have the programs and the resources in place so that all of our refugee families can become full contributing members of our community within 5 years of arrival in the US.

What does it mean to be a Refugee?

There’s a lot of talk about refugees out there, some of it accurate, some of it not. Refugee? Migrant? Displaced person? What exactly is a refugee? Or, read this brief explanation from the UNHCR.

 

A refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her home country because of a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to race, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin.

This definition is based on the United Nations 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocols relating to the Status of Refugees, which the United States became a party to in 1968. Following the Vietnam War and the country’s experience resettling Indochinese refugees, Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, which incorporated the Convention’s definition into U.S. law and provides the legal basis for today’s U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). (Source: American Immigration Council)

 

 
 

There are many ways to support refugee families as they arrive in Northwest Arkansas

 

Canopy’s mission is to provide a robust network of support for refugees resettling in Northwest Arkansas. Our vision is to not only meet their basic needs, but to equip them with the tools to thrive as active members of the NWA community.

 

Sponsor a Refugee Family

Co-sponsors agree to visit the family regularly, have them over for meals, invite them to community events, take them on outings around town, and above all, be a friend to them. 

Volunteer with Canopy NWA

If you or your family are looking for tangible ways to help in the refugee crisis, but cannot commit to full co-sponsorship, please check out our full list of Volunteer Opportunities. 

Advocate for Refugees

Learn what defines a refugee, how they come to the US and how the US keeps its citizens safe throughout that process. Then, start spreading this information wherever you can. 

Financially Support Canopy 

Canopy is a public-private partnership. We receive limited state and federal funds to support our work, so we can only exist with the support of our generous community. 


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