In order for people to be released from detention, they need to provide an address where they will be living. Especially for asylum seekers who have just arrived in the US and do not yet have community support, housing presents a barrier to leaving detention. The hosting team is comprised of volunteers who offer housing to people so they can leave detention and start a new life.
The Community Accompaniment Team
The Hosting Team form a part of the Community Accompaniment Team. When people are released from immigrant detention, they often need support to adjust to life on the outside. Often, people are living in a new community, or they may need support to rebuild their life with their families. In order to smooth this transition and give people the best possible chance to live happy, healthy, and productive lives, we have a Community Accompaniment Team offering case management to all clients that we bond out of detention. Each client will be allocated a volunteer village comprised of a host home, Community Accompaniment Volunteers and the Community Accompaniment Coordinator.
What Do Hosts Do?
Hosts offer a safe and welcoming place for asylum seekers to stay where they can learn English, adjust to American culture and prepare for self sufficiency. Hosts usually provide housing, food and financial support with basic needs. However, if hosts are not able to meet the financial needs of the placement, we can also try and find financial sponsors to support placements.
Participation in monthly team meetings/trainings
Host asylum seekers in your home
Provide meals for your guests and help them cook for themselves alongside your family during their stay with you
Begin basic cultural orientation in your home (appliances, cooking, cleaning, etc)
Communicate consistently with the Community Accompaniment Coordinator about guests' needs
Log all volunteer hours
Continue Cultural Orientation through short outings such as: grocery store(s), bus rides, post office, library, thrift store, downtown or neighborhood sightseeing and/or parks.
Assist in providing transportation to medical, Social Security, DSHS, Department of Licensing, and Public Health appointments.
Gather supplies from your community on behalf of your guests. Gather/sort basic items for guest’s first apartment.
Willingness to share your home with people of other cultures and religions
Pass a Federal Background Check and provide 3 references
Complete an induction training with the Community Accompaniment Coordinator
Fluency in a second language (or multiple!)
Degree in Education, International Development, Social Sciences, Communications, ESL, or work experience in these fields.
Previous experience of volunteering
Previous experience supporting refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants
Intermediate computing skills: Database, Word, Excel and others
Friendliness & an ability to put people at ease
This is a flexible activity that can be completed whenever you have enough free time.
This is a remote action that can be done anywhere as long as you have the necessary time, skills, instructions and resources.