There are two types of refugee arrivals: those who come to the U.S. without knowing anyone (referred to as a "free case") and those who come to the U.S. to join a friend or relative (known as a U.S. Tie):
For cases with U.S. Ties, WRD puts incoming refugees/refugee families nearby their U.S. Tie, whether in the same apartment complex or in the same apartment. Refugees/refugee families placed in Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Raleigh have U.S. Ties. Their U.S. Tie acts as their primary support system.
For cases without U.S. Ties, or free cases, WRD puts incoming refugees/refugee families close to the WRD office and with other individuals from their same ethnic community or their country of origin. The WRD office and that community becomes the refugees' support system. Singles are placed with existing roommates who are from the same country of origin and speak the same language to bring comfort to newly-arrived refugees. Families are placed in unoccupied apartments near people from their same ethnic community.
Frequently, U.S. Ties serve as informal interpreters between World Relief of the Triangle and the new refugee(s). U.S. Ties may also help with completing appointments, providing transportation when necessary, cultural adjustment, and other issues of resettlement. Please communicate respectfully about your refugee partner’s needs with their U.S. Ties, keeping in mind that they have their own jobs, families, and other commitments.