This year, the global refugee crisis has worsened as more people have been forced to leave their homes due to violence, insecurity, and intolerance -- and must stay safe in difficult conditions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. These vulnerable families face many challenges as they work to find a new way forward. The Refugee Center, based in Champaign, Illinois, provides refugees and immigrants with the support and guidance they need to successfully resettle in our area. We help families access safe housing, food, public benefits services, education, and employment opportunities. We also provide financial support to families who have been impacted by COVID-19. Currently, we are welcoming evacuees from Afghanistan, who are starting from scratch to begin their new lives in Champaign County. With your support of this campaign, we can continue to provide critical support for the newest members of our community.