In collaboration with a student from the Clinton School of Public Service, Canopy Northwest Arkansas is gathering data on the community’s perspective and awareness of refugees in the region. The information will be used to help the organization assess how well they are educating the community and where they need to do more work. The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete and once complete, they encourage folks to share the survey with family, friends, neighbors, and other groups located in our area.
Canopy is also inviting interested community members to join their “Community of Welcome”. The Community of Welcome is a core group of community members who’ve committed to helping Canopy realize their vision of refugees and our community thriving together. Those that sign up to be a regular monthly giver, will become a key supporter of the Long Welcome Plan.
Currently, Canopy’s services are almost entirely limited to the families’ first 90-180 days in the country. But their vision is for refugees to thrive here and they know they can’t expect to see that happen if they’re only serving them for 90-180 days. With this in mind, over the next 3-5 years, they are committing to rolling out a series of programs and services that will ensure refugee families have the assistance they need for up to 5 full years after arrival.