Keeping Our Promise, Inc. is the most comprehensive resettlement program for Afghan, Iraqi and Kurdish interpreters and support personnel in the United States today.
Based in Rochester, NY, we assist with initial visa applications under the Special Immigrant Visa Program. Once visas are granted, we will find and furnish our allies' first apartments, and help with finding employment. We help with a modest vehicle to get to work. Caring Circles help fully integrating families into their new lives so they can quickly become contributing members of the Rochester, NY community.
Rochester is now home to Pashtuns, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Hazara, Turkmen and Nuristanis from Afghanistan, Sunni and Shia Iraqis, as well as Kurdish allies, who served the U.S. and came to Rochester under the Special Immigrant Visa program for their faithful and honorable service to the United States in a war-zone.
Keeping Our Promise, Inc. 2022 Statistics & Success
59 Afghan families totaling 205 individuals were resettled in the greater Rochester, NY area.
Staff, volunteers, and SIVs worked together to fully furnish 45 apartments with the help of in-kind donations from the community. $10,210 was paid to bridge the gap in required resettlement household essentials.
$190,714 was paid in rent and security deposits.
Over 160 families have been granted vehicles through our Wheels for Work Program since 2015. Transportation better ensures that individuals can secure jobs and stay employed. 67 vehicles were granted in 2022 totaling $266,773.
Over $38,000 in food essentials were provided. This necessity is especially important with the extended delays in receiving benefits due to an overwhelmed system, and rising commodity costs across the nation.
Each family receives a computer and mobile phone to facilitate job searches and language acquisition, and to stay connected with family they have been separated from.
Every adult and child gets a bike thanks to R-Community Bikes.
17,034 volunteer hours were logged! Note: As of April 2022, the national value of each volunteer hour is $29.95, meaning volunteers have contributed more than $510,000 to support our resettlement efforts!