In 2015 the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) reported that 1,601 refugees came into the State of Tennessee. The ORR’s fiscal calendar year is October 2014 through September 2015. Of the 1,601 refugees that came into Tennessee, 186 refugees entered into the city of Memphis to start their lives anew 2015. In 2014, Memphis’s total was 206 refugees. In 2013, Memphis brought in 184 refugees. In 2012, Memphis brought in 128 refugees. In 2011, the year Asha’s Refuge received their business Charter, 149 refugees came into Memphis. Since Asha’s Refuge’s five to six year existence, Memphis has received a total number of 853 refugees hoping to successfully resettle. To date, April 7, 2016, Asha’s Refuge serves between 600 to 700 individual refugees. Our client numbers indicate the need for refugees to have additional help in their resettlement process that extends beyond the amount of current available federal resources. Our clients wishes are to be self-sustaining without the use of government assistance. In order to achieve their goals of obtaining a successful resettlement, Asha’s Refuge seeks to help meet the needs where current resettlement resources have been exhausted by helping refugees to tap into additional private and community resources available to them. Asha’s Refuge works to find a solution when there is otherwise no solution readily available. When refugees are successfully resettled and self-sustaining this frees up not only funding but resources for our local and state government. A collaborative effort by the community to help disadvantaged refugees succeed, also promotes cultural awareness and strengthens the community across cultural boundaries.
Asha’s Refuge is a faith based Christian organization. We believe that it is our duty to serve the nations as unto Jesus. The nations have literally come to Memphis and we have the privilege and responsibility of helping to bring hope to the hopeless by first, just loving all people as we believe Jesus would do. Love God. Love People. Just LOVE.
“…by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”