Every day millions of courageous persons flee their homelands due to unimaginable persecution and human rights violations. They seek refuge in neighboring countries in the hope that they can stay safe until they can someday return home. Many remain in refugee camps for years as it is still too dangerous to return to their home countries. Every year less than 1% of refugees world wide are resettled in a third country.
Exodus is fortunate to participate in a humanitarian aid effort to offer refugees a place to call home. Each year Exodus welcomes hundreds of courageous refugees from countries around the world, including Burma, Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia, Iran and others.
Exodus is an independent, non-sectarian 501c3 not for profit agency based in Indianapolis. Exodus is part of a network of affiliates that work with Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program (CWS/IRP) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) in the resettlement of refugees from all over the world representing many faiths, cultures and languages. Once a refugee case is assigned to CWS or EMM, Exodus works in partnership with individuals and community and faith based groups to welcome and assist the refugee individuals and families to become self-sufficient and acclimated to their new neighborhoods and community.
Refugees come to our country with only what they can carry. Therefore, prior to arrival Exodus staff and volunteers coordinate the necessary resources to welcome families when they arrive in Indianapolis. Exodus arranges housing, furnishings, food and clothing as well as other basic items to ensure that individuals and families have what they require to begin their new lives. With each new arrival, Exodus staff work closely with community partners as resources to assist newly arrived refugees in obtaining necessary documents and services such as health screenings and care, education, language and cultural orientation, employment training and placement, transportation and interpretation.
Help Our Cause
Exodus relies on donations from individuals, groups, churches and foundations to provide the items necessary to meet the basic needs of refugee newcomers. You can help support our mission by making a donation.
Welcoming people who have lost so much requires much more than providing food and shelter. It also means creating a network of support for refugee newcomers in Indianapolis their new home city. A warm offer of friendship and support makes all the difference to these new neighbors. Sharing your experience and a helping hand that expects nothing in return is a rewarding and enlivening opportunity for all. Volunteer opportunities at Exodus include helping to provide refugees with needed services while giving volunteers the chance to learn about other cultures and make new friends.