We envision
a world
where migration is seen as courageous, and is met with the supportive community, safety, and healing necessary to rebuild home.
Where
well-being and belonging are not defined by citizenship status, native language, or racial categorization.

We create systems that connect people to the resources they need, and mobilize institutions to eliminate barriers to access.

Centering transformative relationships, we work at the intersection of social mobility, health equity, and language justice.

Language Justice

We use community-led design to disrupt threats to the health and safety of refugee and migrant communities.  

Individuals and communities have fundamental rights to language, culture, self expression, and equal participation. We challenge the English dominance and Euro-centric definitions of knowledge and leadership by investing time and resources in leadership development of Members, so that they can represent their community’s own priorities. And we alter institutions to provide space for full democratic participation.

Collective Care

It's all about relationships. We believe in the enduring power of mutual aid, and build on the social and emotional support that exists within and across neighbors. We create and sustain transformative relationships, where both parties take care of one another. In addition to being wonderfully reciprocal, these relationships are grounded in a critical awareness of structures and legacies of power and oppression, so that we may experience radical companionship and solidarity - across lines of difference - in the here and now.

Democratizing the Commons

Societally, English improficiency is, historically and presently, a tool used for the political and economic exclusion and exploitation of migrant and refugee communities. English dominant environments undermine self-agency, increase isolation, and prevent public information from reaching non-English-primary speaking communities. We work to level the playing field by opening the door to public knowledge and idea exchange, establishing language autonomy, and building a body of data to evaluate practices within institutions.

We dream in language, we sing in language, we think in language. It is tied to our lands, to our bodies, to our relationships, and to our knowledge. It is important that we feel respected as speakers—not just for what we have to say, but also how we say it.

- Antena Aire

News & Stories

News

Families from Afghanistan are arriving

While our hearts are aching for Afghanistan, we are ready to welcome families arriving in the Chapel Hill area and help them create a safe, peaceful, dignified new home and robust support networks. The most effective way you can help is by setting up a recurring donation, but don't hesitate to get in touch with us if there is any other way you'd like to help.
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RCP wins GSK's IMPACT Award for Health Innovations

RCP wins GSK's 2019 IMPACT Award, for organizations doing innovative work to protect and improve community health. Celebrating 11 years in the Triangle Region, this highly competitive awards program recognizes organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the community to improve health.
Read at GSK
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RCP Awarded $300,000 to Address Language Inaccess in Healthcare

Refugee Community Partnership today announced a $300,000 grant in support of an ambitious campaign to address language inaccess within local health care institutions. The three year campaign is part of the Community Solutions for Health Equity program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the national non-profit health equity advocacy organization, Community Catalyst.
Read at Community Catalyst
Language Justice

Chapel Hill Addresses Emergency Communications

“Chapel Hill’s refugee population is so often overlooked, which can get really frustrating considering how big a role they play in our community,” Aruba Ayesha, UNC RCP Board, said. Translating emergency messages is an initiative organized by the Building Integrated Communities Project, a collaboration between the Town of Chapel Hill and local individuals and community groups to increase knowledge, civic engagement and community development."
News

RCP Wins Triangle Community Foundation Social Innovation Award!

We are honored and elated to win the Triangle Community Foundation's Social Innovation Award! Learn more about RCP's Bridge Builders program, which--through a social justice lens--mobilizes neighborhood residents, service providers, teachers, students, families, and refugee community leaders into a vibrant support infrastructure, here.
In the Press

Neighborhood Support Circles Help Refugee Students Through Remote Learning

"It’s no secret that the pandemic has made everyone’s life harder. But remote learning presented a set of compounding challenges for refugee parents of school-aged children this year...Now a provider comes for four hours a day, five days a week to help the children with schoolwork and homework, translate school documents, and help parents create a plan for the year."
Read on Indy Week
News

Families from Afghanistan are arriving

While our hearts are aching for Afghanistan, we are ready to welcome families arriving in the Chapel Hill area and help them create a safe, peaceful, dignified new home and robust support networks. The most effective way you can help is by setting up a recurring donation, but don't hesitate to get in touch with us if there is any other way you'd like to help.
Go to Donation Page
News

RCP wins GSK's IMPACT Award for Health Innovations

RCP wins GSK's 2019 IMPACT Award, for organizations doing innovative work to protect and improve community health. Celebrating 11 years in the Triangle Region, this highly competitive awards program recognizes organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the community to improve health.
Read at GSK
News

RCP Awarded $300,000 to Address Language Inaccess in Healthcare

Refugee Community Partnership today announced a $300,000 grant in support of an ambitious campaign to address language inaccess within local health care institutions. The three year campaign is part of the Community Solutions for Health Equity program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the national non-profit health equity advocacy organization, Community Catalyst.
Read at Community Catalyst
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The Squad

Our blueprint is to take care of each other. We work toward divesting from dominant culture norms, expectations, and structures that are designed to undermine that.

We are a volunteer-driven organization that believes in the transformative power of relationship-based community organizing, and deliberate reciprocity.

Volunteer

As Bridge Builder volunteers, we work closely alongside RCP families to assist them in reaching their goals. Bridge Builders join a Neighborhood Pod, made up of other Bridge Builder volunteers and a Pod Leader. Pods are mini-support communities, where Bridge Builders join together to problem solve, share tips and resources, and celebrate successes. This is a unique and powerful experience for volunteers of all ages. While we prefer volunteers be able to commit for 2+ years, Bridge Builders involves a 1 year minimum commitment, visiting with families for ~4 hours per week, and participating in RCP's regular community events.

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Donate

Grassroots donations is the only way this work can happen long term. Join everyday folks in making donations to RCP to keep this work alive and sustainable! Make an online donation here (one-time or monthly!), write a check, share our Facebook fundraisers - the opportunities are endless :)

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Support

Are you excited about the work we do? Do you enjoy leading the charge, and giving your time and expertise to a good cause? Consider becoming an advisor or board member to the Refugee Community Partnership. We need a wide array of talent and experience in order to build a powerful community.

Do you have specific skills or talents you'd like to use to help RCP further its mission? If you are a photographer, website guru, social media strategist, journalist, graphic designer, multi-lingual speaker, or other specially skilled magician, consider volunteering your expertise

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