Since 2017, Friendship House has been working to find safe and secure housing for refugee families, while also providing household items, food, and English tutoring. Friendship House owns four apartment units that we use for housing families who have entered the country through the Refugee Resettlement Program. Through partnerships with another local agency, we have had the privilege of hosting families from Nepal to Africa to Afghanistan.
As crises like the current one in Afghanistan unfold, hundreds of thousands of refugees will be fleeing violence and persecution. Many of them will be moving into the Roanoke area without much more than the luggage in their hand. The vast majority of refugees do not have housing lined up when they arrive and will struggle to find apartments through conventional means.
Friendship House started a campaign in September 2021 to purchase two houses to make available to refugee families as they arrive in Roanoke. Thanks to the generosity of so many churches, families and businesses we were able to purchase the houses in January 2022. We are now in the final stages of the campaign to raise $264,000. The final donations that come in will allow us to complete renovations on them. We invite you to partner with the Refugee Housing Program!