Welcome an Ukrainian Family to America
There are so many ways to make an Ukrainian family feel welcome in America, from airport pickups to lodgings, you choose how you want to help.
America has a reputation for our warmth and openness — let’s make sure our friends coming from the frontlines in Ukraine receive the best of our hospitality. The American Service in Ukraine takes responsibility for ensuring that any America-bound family we serve is received at the airport, has a hotel or verified lodging to stay in before their full enrollment in the federal Matching Grant resettlement program, and continues to feel the support of the community around them as they become Americans themselves.
We need several specific roles covered, and one person may perform all these roles:
– Airport receivers. These are folks who can meet the family at the airport and drive them to their temporary housing.
– Meeting companions. These folks drive the family to their meeting with their local resettlement agency (which ASIU arranges), attend the meeting with them, and then drive the family back to their home.
– Check Inners. These folks make sure to connect with the Ukrainian family at least once a day, mostly through text messages, to ensure that they have everything they need as they are waiting for full MGP enrollment.
– Temporary housing providers. These are folks with at least two bedrooms of extra space for the Ukrainian family to stay for their first few days in America. The resettlement agencies are able to provide housing in the area, but may take up to a few weeks.
All roles require a background check, as we are working with a vulnerable population.