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Refugee Services

Indiana Refugee Services provides assistance and services to refugees, asylees, certain Amerasian immigrants, Cuban and Haitian entrants, and victims of human trafficking (referred to collectively as “refugees”). Indiana Refugee Services monitors program planning, provision of services, and provides technical assistance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations governing the delivery of refugee assistance and services, including cash and medical assistance.

Indiana Refugee Services ensures that refugees are provided assistance and services through state-administered programs that enable them to become employed and economically self-sufficient as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States.

Inquiries about the Indiana Refugee Services program can be directed to 855-673-0193 extension 5831 or 5838.

Operation Allies Welcome

Indiana Refugee Services is supporting Operation Allies Welcome and particularly the operations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at Camp Atterbury in Indiana through information sharing and our ongoing partnerships with refugee resettlement agencies in Indiana. Should Afghan citizens currently residing at Camp Atterbury be identified for permanent resettlement in Indiana, Indiana Refugee Services will work with these resettlement agencies to provide refugee assistance and services, including cash and medical assistance.

Statewide donation effort continues for Camp Atterbury evacuees

Hoosiers can still donate needed items to Afghan evacuees at Camp Atterbury at eight locations across the state.

Several Indiana National Guard armories serve as collection sites for new, donated items for Operation Allies Welcome. The locations have changed in recent weeks, including the opening of a location in Columbus and Lafayette, to best serve the donation effort launched by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in mid-September.

Current collection sites include:

  • Fort Wayne: 130 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46825
  • South Bend: 1901 S. Kemble Avenue, South Bend, IN, 46613
  • Lafayette: 5280 Haggarty Lane, Lafayette, IN, 47905
  • Terre Haute: 3614 Maple Avenue, Terre Haute, IN, 47804
  • Indianapolis: 2625 W. Kessler Blvd N Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46222
  • Evansville: 3300 E. Division St., Evansville, IN, 47715
  • New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN, 47150
  • Columbus: 2160 Arnold St. Columbus, IN, 47203

The above locations are effective as of Monday, Nov. 29. Donation sites are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed for the holiday on Nov. 25-26).

Hoosiers have donated more than 1.5 million items to Camp Atterbury so far.

Current high-need items include:

  • Closed-toed shoes in all sizes
  • Men’s pants in various sizes
  • Bras
  • Bottle brushes
  • Fingernail clippers

Only new items in original packaging are accepted.

For more information, including an Amazon wish list, please visit teamrubiconusa.org/resettlement.

Indiana residents interested in making monetary donations can do so through Team Rubicon or the American Red Cross at the following links:

Resettlement Agency Support

Indiana’s refugee resettlement agencies have provided the following additional information about how Hoosiers can support their efforts:

Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. (Indianapolis)

  • Donations can be made online at www.exodusrefugee.org/donate/ or can be mailed to the Exodus office at the below address.
    Exodus Refugee Immigration
    2457 E Washington St., Suite A
    Indianapolis, IN 46201
  • One of the easiest ways to donate household items is by using this Amazon Wish List. Exodus can also accept new and gently used household items, including the items currently listed on our website. The items we are most in need of include:
    • Couches
    • Dining tables and chairs
    • Kitchen-sized trash cans
    • Shower Curtain tension rods
    • Mops
    • Brooms
    • Plungers
    • Toilet Brushes
    • Winter coats
  • Items may be dropped off at the Exodus office from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Exodus Refugee Immigration - Bloomington sub-office

Catholic Charities Indianapolis - Refugee & Immigrant Services

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

The Welcome Network (Hammond, Ind.) 

Donations can be made online at www.thewelcomenet.org/give or can be mailed to The Welcome Network at:

Welcome Network Donations
PO Box 3393
Munster, IN 46321

Grocery gift cards are also being accepted from Stracks, Jewel Osco, Meijer, Aldi and Food4Less. We are also accepting the following donations:

  • Toiletries & cleaning supplies
  • Winter coats & gently used winter footwear
  • New sheet sets & towels
  • Functioning vehicles

Please call 219-276-3764 or email info@thewelcomenet.org to schedule a donation pickup.

Although we are not accepting clothing donations at this time, we have reciprocal agreements with certain Lake & Porter County second-hand stores. Please contact us for ideas on where to send your clothing donations.

Burmese American Community Institute

In response to the increasing needs and ensuring the necessary supports are provided to newly arriving refugees/parolees and immigrants who are resettled in Central Indiana, BACI has been implementing the Refugee Community Integration Project. Since its inception, BACI has served more than 15,000 individuals.
In addition to the following key programs and services, with the recognition of the responsibility to step in to respond to the crisis, we are also assisting Afghan refugee/parolees through the Afghan Placement and Assistance Program as well as Burmese refugees/parolees. With limited funding provided by the Federal government, we are relying upon our friends and supporters to meet the need to ensure the successful resettlement of our Afghan and Burmese families.

Advocacy: we advocate for refugee protection & successful community integration through active engagement with comprehensive stakeholders including individuals, families, faith-based organizations, community based organizations, businesses, elected officials, policy makers either for more resources or system and policy level changes conducive to advancement of newcomer communities, sustainability and long-term development as well as democracy and human rights in Myanmar (Burma).

Upward College Program: we help area high school students with their college and career readiness and prepare them for future successes.

Employment & MicroEnterprise Development Program: we assist newcomers in becoming self-sufficient economically through job placement and training, which allows them to give back to their communities.

Civic and Cultural Education Program: we help empower new Americans with security in their rights and liberties through english, civic education, and naturalization services.

Basic Assistance Program: we assist families with housing, healthy food and nutrition, and physical, mental & behavioral health services.

As part of our COVID-19 response, we have also served and worked with Indiana State COVID-19 Health Disparities Task Force and other partners promoting COVID-19 Awareness & CARES Act benefits and services by hosting a series of community educational events, the Mental Health First Aid Training, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign and more.

Here are a few ways to give today:

  1. QuickPay® with Zelle® transfer to: info@baci-indy.org (Please include the program name or the word “general support” in your Memo)
  2. Donate via PayPal:
    https://thebaci.org/support-afghans-burmese/ or https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=86ENGN7TNBA4Y
  3. To give by check, mail to:
    Burmese American Community Institute
    4925 Shelby Street, SUITE 200, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Donations are 100% secure & tax deductible.

100% of your donation goes directly to the programs and services that benefit refugee children and families as they start their new lives.

Address:
Burmese American Community Institute
4925 Shelby Street, SUITE 200, Indianapolis, IN 46227
Email: info@baci-indy.org | 317-731-5537 | www.thebaci.org