Key factor in strengthening communities is strong community-based organizations. By providing linguistically and culturally appropriate services, and bridging bridges to community resources, families will increase their economic stability, integrate with the mainstream population, develop tools to engage in civic participation and self-advocacy, and strengthen their capacity to help others in their community.
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- EMBARC has organized five donation drives in collaboration with private and public partners, providing basic essentials to an estimated 1,200 individuals since December 2011.
- Helped 370 refugees from Burma obtain their “green cards” by serving as community liaisons at “Green Card” clinics organized with community partners since April 2011.
- Piloted a free refugee tax clinic in partnership with United Way and Lutheran Services in Iowa in February 2013 which served 30 families.
- Increased knowledge through presentations about the the communities of Burma to increase understanding with key populations such as educators, service providers, and health care professionals.
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- Providing culturally and linguistically appropriate intakes, referrals and services to increase self-sufficiency through increased collaborations with diverse partners to build bridges to resources.
- Building community through leadership development and civic engagement.
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