In our own backyard of Charlotte, NC, Bless Back teams partner with Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas Inc. and Project 658 to host free medical clinics for the large refugee community in the Charlotte area. These courageous refugees have fled severe religious and political persecution in their countries of origin and now seek refuge in the US. Most come to Charlotte bewildered, exhausted, and challenged in English communication. Through organizations such as Refugee Support Services and Project 658, refugees are slowly introduced to American society. They receive help enrolling their children in school, assistance in finding a job, and training on how to survive with very limited resources.
Clinics are held quarterly on a Saturday. On a typical Bless Back clinic day, our volunteer team will see patients from 10-15 different countries, none of whom speak English. Not only are the refugees grateful for the care we provide, but our teams are thrilled to reunite in service and make a difference in our own city. We strive to provide a broad range of services including medical, dental, and vision care. Both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to make this day a success and to show the refugees they aren’t alone or forgotten!