Keeping Our Promise Rochester 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 with fully integrating families into their new lives to 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 RochesterBy the Numbers (As of Oct. 1, 2019)
102 Afghan, Iraqi and Kurdish war-time allied families totaling 318 individuals have been resettled in Rochester under the Special Immigrant Visa Program with help from our volunteers since Oct. 2014. We have given these families complete home furnishings, and over half received cars under our Wheels for Work car grant program.
$20,711 has been paid in rent and security deposits in 2019.
59 cars and vans, with a total value of $177,000 have been given to families through our Wheels for Work Program so they can get to jobs -- 12 cars and vans in 2019.
Each family has been given a computer so the head of household can conduct job searches and children can do homework.
Every adult and child gets a bike thanks to R-Community Bikes.
5,373 volunteer hours were logged in the first 6 months of 2019!