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Wellness Support Groups

Why refugee and migrant women? Because…

Refugee women face unique challenges that cannot always be met within the limited resettlement agency time frame. RAMWI helps to bridge that gap by empowering participants to access available resources and development opportunities within the community.

Women are often the first responders in a crisis, and whether en route or in camps, in their home countries or destination countries, they play a crucial role in caring for, sustaining, and rebuilding their communities. Yet, refugee and migrant women’s needs, priorities, and voices are often missing from policies designed to protect and assist them.

The Wellness Support Program is a trauma-informed program with two service areas:
Support Groups and R.E.A.C.H., our Mental Health Circles.

Our Support Group is a psychoeducational program designed to empower women through tailored programming that encourages and
equips individuals with skills and knowledge to navigating cultural differences and
norms and gain confidence in their ability to achieve personal goals. It provides a sense of community and support during what can be a stressful and isolating process of resettlement. The Wellness Support Program engages women in skills development, social connectedness, educational and economic opportunities, and tailored events. We create and provide a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment for women to receive peer and professional support.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship and support of community partners, we added a much needed service to our Wellness program: A mental health healing Circle:

The R.E.A.C.H. program is our newest initiative: Refugee Empowerment and Access through Cognitive Healing. R.E.A.C.H. is a therapist-led cultural-adaptive group that helps women develop coping skills and a framework to identify trauma and its effects. Women receive professional and peer support in a safe, confidential, and nurturing environment for six sessions. The program also acts as a gateway to private, individual counseling with certified therapists.

How Can You Help?

 

There are many ways to lift up the women attending our support groups and help them find hope and healing. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring our Wellness Support Groups, please contact Florence Ackey, Executive Director, at florence@ramwi.org. Here are some ways to help:

 

Sponsor a monthly support group ($1,500.00) Give the gift of community by sponsoring a monthly Wellness Program for an entire support group, including materials, interpreters, transportation and food.

Sponsor interpreter services ($500.00)               Give the gift of communication by sponsoring interpreter services for a monthly Wellness Program. At minimum we provide interpreters in three languages at every meeting.

Sponsor transportation ($125.00)                   

Give the gift of connection by covering of cost transportation for the women to attend one of our monthly Wellness Programs.

Sponsor supplies ($50.00)                                 

Give the gift of collaboration by sponsoring supplies for educational and development activities during one of the monthly Wellness Programs.

Sponsor a meal ($15.00)                                     

Give the gift of comfort by sponsoring a warm meal for a woman participating in one of our monthly Wellness Programs.

In-Kind Sponsorship: Donate your time, services, or skills to our Wellness Support Groups and refugee women (i.e., subject matter expertise, grant writing, social media, or provide lunch).

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Our Community partners:

  • Pinellas Community Foundation.

  • 200 Muslim Women Who Care (MWWC 

  • GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club

  • Allegany Franciscan Ministries

  • Tampa Bay Time Bank

  • Lutheran Services

  • Coptic Orthodox Charities

  • Church World Services

  • Grace Family Church

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