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RefugeeConnect is an independent, private non-profit dedicated to creating a more welcoming community for refugee families in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our mission is to connect refugees (people forced to flee their country to escape persecution or war) with resources to rebuild their lives as United States citizens.

 For RefugeeConnect being in someone’s corner means that we have people supporting people – we build connections between newly arrived refugees and the local network of community resources. RefugeeConnect hires and trains a team of part-time Community Navigators - each a leader in their own cultural community.

 One of our first Navigators, Ernestine, came to the US with her family as a refugee from Burundi when she was a teenager. Throughout high school, she supported her family by reading mail, paying bills, and serving as an interpreter for older family members. She went on to graduate from UC with a double major in finance and accounting. As a Community Navigator, she serves not only her family but also lifts up her community using her natural ability to be a connector, the skills she has gained as a part of our Navigator team, and the many languages she speaks – Kirundi and Kinyarwanda in addition to English.

Community Navigators work to support the long-term goals of refugee families living in the Greater Cincinnati area by ensuring that they are connected to the resources and services that enable them to thrive. Your donation will help us continue to offer this invaluable resource to our newest neighbors.

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