Survivors who have experienced abuse, injustice, or violence often don’t receive the help and support that they need to deal with the effects of these experiences in positive and healthy ways. They often stay trapped in lives of pain, hopelessness, and anger. Over time, these emotions begin to fester and often lead to violence, addiction, difficulty learning in school, homelessness, and bad decisions that can lead to finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.
Our Journey to Freedom program is designed to provide practical and emotional support and guidance that refugees need to work through their issues and develop solutions for overcoming these difficulties in their lives. By far, the most overwhelming obstacles to overcome are culture shock and language barrier.
Our program first assists participants in locating resources to meet their basic needs. It is impossible to work on emotional difficulties until one has the physical basics. Volunteers and staff assist clients with ESL instruction, locating household items, and finding housing, employment and educational opportunities – utimately freedom from poverty.
When an individual can become financially stable enough to not worry about things like where their next meal is coming from, he/she can transcend “survival mode.” Once this homeostasis is achieved, one can begin to learn to cope with residual anger, trauma, and mental health issues.
ESL/Supplementary Driver’s Education: This program is aimed at adults and older teens to help them gain independence in the face of language and culture barriers. Empowering refugees to get their driver’s licenses increases access to valuable resources for themselves and their larger-than-average families.
Job Readiness: In addition to job placement, we teach the importance of workplace values that Americans take for granted (i.e. punctuality, deadlines, regular attendance) to ensure job retention and success in the workplace. Coming from a rural, slow-paced culture and spending upwards of twenty years in refugee camps, fast-paced American life, understandably, does not come naturally.
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The 1994 Genocide against Tutsi Survivor’s Fund
The 1994 Genocide against Tutsi Survivor’s Fund was created to assist Genocide against Tutsi Survivors and their children. From the PCFR’s Genocide against Tutsi Survivor’s Fund Constitution: “The goal of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi Survivors Fund is to promote the mental and physical health and welfare of the survivors and their children.”
Most of the Fund’s annual income comes from contributions made by concerned genocide survivors, organizations, and the remainder through PCFR fundraising events and thoughtful bequests.
We are making life easier and brighter for the Genocide Survivors by offering financial support and funding special cases that would improve the life of a genocide survivor. We are granting scholarships and bursaries to schools that are attended by genocide survivors or by the first-generation genocide survivors.
For more information, including guidelines, requirements, and the grant application, please Download Grant Application.