This page exists to provide helpful information to members of a Seattle-area Good Neighbor Team, a small team of people from a local church committed to coming around a new refugee family as they settle in to life in America.
When it comes to befriending a new family, the role of a Good Neighbor Team is simple, rewarding, and foundational for the success of every other aspect of resettlement. As friends of the new family, the Good Neighbor Team can share meals, invite them to parties and special events, spend time learning about each others cultures, and exploring the city together. Many refugee cultures are very warm and strongly value hospitality...and many of them view time management differently than the average American as well.
The links for the following pages are as provided:
- Cultural information
- Culture shock
- Conversation starters
- Cross cultural interaction
- Befriending refugees beyond the first 6 months
- Refugee Mental Health
- Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
- Relationship FAQs