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How Alight Is Guiding Ukrainian Refugees to Safe HavensNo matter who or where you are, becoming a refugee is overwhelming. It means navigating a new, complex, and evolving world of options, all while fleeing everything you’ve ever known. And for Ukrainian refugees, that trauma—and transition to a new kind of reality—is only just beginning. Read More
Watching the crisis in Ukraine unfold can feel overwhelming and makes one ask the question, “What can I do to help?”We’ve complied 4 inspiring stories of people who are Doing the Doable to make a change and assist Ukrainian refugees. Read More
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Interview with Alight CEO Jocelyn Wyatt,
KTMY MyTalk 107 - March 7, 2022:
Alight Response Team Member Mike Zuckerman,
KTMY MyTalk 107 - March 7, 2022:
Richard Reeve, KSTP - April 15, 2022
Catherine Cheney, DEVEX -April 8, 2022
Millions have fled their homes.
Supporting Ukrainian Families
The war in Ukraine has destroyed neighborhoods and disrupted every part of life for Ukrainians. 25% of the population have left their homes behind. 5 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries, with 3 million entering Poland. Alight’s response team is meeting displaced Ukrainians at critical moments on their journey to help them process, re-orient, connect, and navigate their new reality. They’re holding on to hope for peace. We've supported more than 100,000 people already. And, we'll be there with more support until Ukrainians can return to their lives.
DOING THE DOABLE
While we work on solutions to the big problems in this crisis, we're diving in and doing what can be done. Right away.
We’ve delivered more than 30 tons of food for the 200,000 displaced people in Lviv and Kharkiv, non-perishables like soup, tuna fish, cereals, and baby food. And we’ve sent medicines and medical supplies including tourniquets, wound dressings, and plasma transfusion kits to hospitals in Sumy and Kyiv. We've also provided support to a Lviv orphanage sheltering more than 600 children, and we're supporting Catholic sisters and other faith-based groups in Ukraine and Poland in their relief outreach. We’ll continue to provide essentials inside Ukraine as long as our support is needed.
Families have journeyed for hours by the time they reach Poland, many walking and waiting through the cold. Alight has been providing blankets, hats, socks and mittens to warm them while they wait and wheelchairs to help those who need extra support. Once they do arrive, we’re providing beds, cots and a heated tent where they can rest and recharge while we help them into short-term accommodations. We’re also providing protection support, to prevent gender violence or exploitation in what can be a chaotic environment.
GUIDING FAMILIES TO SAFETY
Through 40 years working with displaced people, we know emergencies are chaotic. Becoming a refugee means navigating a new, complex, and evolving world of options. A lack of information or disinformation can be life-threatening. So, it’s important Alight is there to help new arrivals gain access to safe and trustworthy resources.
Alight Housing Guides are meeting new arrivals where they are: at the border, train stations, and by text/social media. Ukrainians themselves, the Housing Guides are friendly, trustworthy, and communicative. They put the new arrival and their needs front and center. They work to connect people to safe, quality housing resources and can book free accommodations directly. And they refer new arrivals to other trusted resources and support. Through our partnership with Airbnb, we've already booked families into 2,500 nights of safe, secure housing - and it's just the beginning.
We are currently creating a digital resource guide and wayfinding map accessible by Ukrainians anywhere in Europe. The guide includes information on legal support, education, housing, healthcare, and other essential contacts.
Without income, families have no way to pay for the things they need. It's one of the biggest concerns people have. Alight is working with Ukrainian artists and designers to ensure their families have food, shelter and the services they need by providing a $1,000 cash transfer. And those artists are creating and donating works of art Alight can auction to further support those creators AND Alight's ongoing relief efforts. Stay tuned, art will be available for purchase soon!
CREATING SAFE HAVENS
We're creating safe spaces and connecting Ukrainians to critical services.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SPACES
The Alight team is currently working to establish family-friendly spaces co-developed by designers, artists, child psychologists, and protection advisers. On their long journey through Ukraine and into Poland many children have been unable to play, read, or feel safe – essential parts of childhood. With toys, games and books we aim to and spark joy for each young person. And while children enjoy a moment of respite, their family can access information or receive assistance.
LONGER TERM HOUSING
Even as our housing guides book families into temporary accommodations, we recognize a longer-term solution will be needed if this war continues. We’re working to understand the need and what resources are available to help create a more durable solution, including coordinating with host communities and municipalities where housing and jobs are more available.
HOUSING FOR LGBTQI+ REFUGEES
As in every crisis, Alight also seeks to assist the most marginalized groups within displaced populations. Alight is working with ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration to specifically support the short-term housing needs of LGBTQI+ refugees from the Ukraine crisis. We are also interested in setting up a community center to provide this group with a safe space to gather and support one another.
THE DOABLE, DONE
These are just a few of the quick impact projects we have completed and delivered:
- Several truckloads of lifesaving medicines and supplies to hospitals in Kyiv and Sumy
- Critical food (25 tons) and relief items to displaced people in Lviv and Kharkiv
- Thousands of blankets, hats, and gloves to Ukrainians waiting in the cold at the border
- Heated tents with beds and cots where new arrivals nap and recharge
- Wheelchairs and rolling suitcases for people who need a little extra help crossing
- Food and meds, like antibiotics and anti-epileptics, to an orphanage of 600 children in Lviv
WILL YOU JOIN US?
HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Get Your Community Engaged – Start a Fundraiser
Use your talents!
People are doing whatever they can to help Ukrainians, using their skills and talents to help from afar.
Hennepin County Master Gardeners are holding a Plant Sale on May 14 to support relief for Ukraine. What talents could you use to help?
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People are made up of more than being fed, clothed, housed, educated and given some kind of political voice. There is something more to a human being that’s really not visible on the surface.”
– Dr. Curt Rhodes, Questscope Founder