For just a moment, imagine that you are forced to flee your home because of a violent war. You live in a refugee camp for a time until you are resettled. You land at the airport in a place called Nashville, which you know very little about except that your new life will start here. You don’t know where you will be living or what you will be doing. You are excited yet scared at the same time. You are relieved to hear someone come up to you and call your name in your language. It is your friends at Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) who will help you get settled into your new life.
In the first seven months of 2012, NICE has served 1,003 clients through our programs such as Adult Education Classes, Youth and Social Impact programs, Job Placement, the Refugee Integration program, Refugee Resettlement, and Refugee Wellness Partners program, all of which provide refugees and immigrants with the tools to succeed and become self-sufficient.
While NICE’s programs continue to expand in order to meet the rising community need, there are needs that would benefit from additional support. We are asking for your help meeting the needs of Nashville’s refugees and immigrants through NICE 2 Give, our fundraising campaign.
You can provide:
· Additional paid English teachers to meet the overwhelming demand for classes
o 32 dollars will provide clients in the adult education program a 2 hour English class
o 64 dollars will provide clients with a week of 2 hour English classes meeting twice a week
o 256 dollars will provide clients with a month of 2 hour English classes meeting twice a week
· Support to those with a special needs family member or single-parent refugees
o Your donation will help put food on the table for Nashville’s most vulnerable refugees
· Emergency Assistance for a refugee family facing a critical life crisis
o Your donation will help an uninsured family pay down their medical expenses
We invite you to stop by our office, say hello to us and meet our inspiring clients who are rebuilding their lives in a new country. We- and our clients- thank you for your support!