Colorado Afghan Evacuee Support Fund
Rose Community Foundation is proud to partner with Governor Polis to host the Colorado Afghan Evacuee Support Fund, which works to ensure that Colorado is prepared to welcome Afghan evacuees and connect them with community resources. Contributions will fund grants to organizations in Colorado that provide refugee resettlement services, health and mental health services for newcomers, legal services to help evacuees navigate available pathways for permanency in the U.S., and other forms of needed assistance.
To give via check, please mail to:
Rose Community Foundation
4500 Cherry Creek Drive South, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80246
Include “Colorado Afghan Evacuee Support” in the memo line
Wire transfer instructions can be found here.
Colorado expects increased Afghan arrivals through the end of 2021, with estimated numbers anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000. These are estimates, based on information from the federal government and historical resettlement patterns.
The vast majority of evacuees will be on humanitarian parole. Congress granted these individuals eligibility for refugee and other federal benefits on October 1, but parole is a temporary legal status and needs outstrip resources and the current capacity of partners. In evaluating available state and federal resources, and in recognition of other contributions in the effort to welcome Afghan evacuees, Colorado has identified areas of need that are currently not accounted for in other efforts. We need your help to ensure that Colorado can respond to the diverse and long-term needs of our newest residents.
- Health Access | Well-Being
- $2,500,000 for community health centers and mental health centers
- Legal Services | Permanency
- $1,500,000 for immigration legal service providers
- Resettlement | Welcome and Inclusion
- $1,000,000 for additional staff and support services for Afghan newcomers
- Office of New Americans | Coordination and Planning
- $600,000 for coordination and long-term planning