Program Ansar For Refugee Settlement

Program Ansar For Refugee...

Program Ansar For Refugee Settlement is being created in response to the growing humanitarian challenge caused by the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent evacuation of Afghans to the United States.

In late August, the US State Department announced its intent to admit up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees in the six months between September 2021 and March 2022. The State Department has asked resettlement agencies nationwide to provide support to these evacuees, who were transported to the US by our federal government and are being screened and processed at military bases around the US. 

Evacuees, as of this moment, will receive extremely minimal public assistance, if any.  This means they will not be able to access resources like housing assistance, supplemental food aid, government-run medical programs, and more. There are also likely to be long delays in their obtaining work authorizations from the US government. While evacuees will be given a per capita grant from the State Department - $1225 per person – this will not be enough to pay for living expenses for one year, even once work authorization is granted.  

Because of this, our agencies are asking the community to help us make sure these vulnerable families have the shelter, clothing, and food they need as they arrive and until they are settled. Our goal is to seek the support of our community in several ways -- to raise $750,000 to pay for housing and other basic needs, for the donation of goods and time, as well as advocacy.

To donate!

Please donate by clicking here or scanning the  QR code, Thanks


Volunteers Needed!

Interested Volunteers, please register by clicking here or scanning the  QR code, Thanks:


DONATE GOODS

  • Create a Welcome Kit 
  • Grab a group of friends and work together to collect all of the smaller items needed for each household of Afghan Evacuees!
  • Click here for the Welcome Kit Packing List
  • Donate New (Unused) Goods

Donations can be dropped off at the Tri-Main Center (2594 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please see below for lists of needed items and drop-off hours and contacts. 

Below is the list of our current needs.  They are in order of priority under each section.

LINENS

  • Bedding (Twin and Full size) consisting of sheet sets, comforter or fleece blankets. *No throw blankets please, must be true to size*
  • Pillows – Standard size
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths

KITCHEN ITEMS

  • Cooking utensils (Pkg to consist of spatula, spoon, cutting knife, serving utensils)
  • Plastic cutting board
  • *Cookware (prefer new but may be gently used if clean and NOT scratched)
  • *Dish sets consisting of dinner plates, cereal/soup bowl, and mug (may be used if complete set, not cracked, chipped, or dirty – NO CHINA please)
  • Flatware (Complete sets of 4, 8, or 12)
  • Chef’s knives
  • *Rice cooker (NO crockpots or InstaPots)
  • *Tea kettles (NO Coffee makers), may be used if clean
  • *Drinking glasses (may be used if complete sets and not chipped or cracked and clean)


CLEANING SUPPLIES

  • All-purpose spray cleaners
  • Toilet/shower cleaners
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Ant/Roach Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Toilet paper
  • 13 Gallon wastebasket
  • Small wastebasket
  • Shower curtains
  • Shower rings
  • Bath mats
  • Plunger
  • Toilet brush
  • Shower curtain rod


CHILDREN/BABY ITEMS

  • Formula
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers – all sizes
  • Baby Bottles – 4 and 8 oz
  • Sippy cups
  • Children’s eating plates and eating utensils

We cannot accept any more books or toys at this time.