The United Nations High Commission for Refugees reports that as of January 2015 there were over 51.2 million refugees in the world. LDS Charities, the humanitarian organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provides assistance to refugees worldwide, including the one percent that are resettled in host countries.
Refugees that are resettled face immense challenges living in a new environment. There are three components to their success: learning the language, securing employment, and building local relationships. Community involvement and volunteers are a critical part of their progress.
LDS Charities takes a special interest in the estimated 70,000 refugees living in Utah by supporting local refugee resettlement agencies with a variety of assistance including: Deseret Industries store vouchers, furniture, bedding, food, English acquisition, job coaching, on-the-job training, and employer placement.
LDS Charities advocates support for local community efforts that assist relocated refugees, and it especially encourages the volunteerism of its members in these causes.
For more information about LDS Charities' Utah partnerships and how you can help click on the links below.