The Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (CRRA) believes all refugees and asylees deserve the chance to begin successful new lives in the United States. CRRA’s mission is To receive, to connect and to empower newly arrived refugees in the Charlotte area so that they begin successful and self-sufficient lives in the United States
What We Do
CRRA provides resettlement services to refugees and asylees who are escaping violence, persecution, and repression.
At CRRA we embrace refugees who arrive in Charlotte, recognizing their troubling experiences, trying to ease their transition into a new country, and respecting their need to remember where they came from.
CRRA’s infrastructure allows us to settle refugees of all nationalities and religions. Refugees are arriving from Burma, Bhutan, Somalia, Congo, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Eretria, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Central America.
The agency, working through HIAS and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, receives a Reception & Placement federal grant distributed through the U.S. Department of State. This grant covers basic services for refugees during their initial period of resettlement.
CRRA obtains and furnishes apartments and stock them with food so that once the caseworker meets the newly arriving refugee at the Charlotte airport, they have a home. New arrivals receive help registering their children for school and obtaining Social Security cards and are able to attend classes for English as a Second Language (ESL). Our employment counselors endeavors to find them work and guide each arrival toward self-sufficiency.
Additional grants provide extended case management, employment services, and orientation classes.
CRRA also connects refugees and asylees to other service agencies in the Charlotte area.