Bridges to new beginnings

WHAT WE DO

B5 delivers educational classes and after-school programs for refugee families as a bridge to their success.

Since our founding, our volunteers, staff and educational partners have helped more than 1,000 newcomers learn, grow, and thrive.

Bridges to new beginnings

WHAT WE DO

B5 delivers educational classes and after-school programs for refugee families as a bridge to their success.

Since our founding, our volunteers, staff and educational partners have helped more than 1,000 newcomers learn, grow, and thrive.

Bridges to new beginnings

WHAT WE DO

B5 delivers educational classes and after-school programs for refugee families as a bridge to their success.

Since our founding, our volunteers, staff and educational partners have helped more than 1,000 newcomers learn, grow, and thrive.

Family Learning Center is now B5: For more than 13 years, the Family Learning Center has worked out of an apartment in Central Park Apartments, where many new arrivals are settled. Over time FLC became lovingly known within the community by its apartment number, B5. Because B5 is an integral part of our beginning and so well-loved, we have embraced B5 as our organization’s name.

What is a Refugee?

  • Refugees are forced to flee their countries because of persecution, war or violence. There is no choice. They run to find safety.

  • A refugee’s escape to a neighboring country is often dangerous and traumatic. Those who survive live temporarily in a refugee camp or other shelter—waiting to hear if a new country will grant them entry. Their average wait is 17 years—but it can be up to 30. Several of our families waited for more than 20 years.

  • Only 1% of refugees are resettled to a new country each year. Being welcomed into a new country gives them an opportunity to start over again in a safe place.

  • Before the U.S. agrees to admit them into our country, refugees are fully vetted by the Department of Homeland Security Office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Our Community Is Where They Start Over

  • Each year, around 225 refugees are resettled in the Tri-Cities.

  • From the beginning, refugees face the challenges of adapting to an entirely new culture—learning English, accessing transportation, adjusting to different cultural expectations, shopping, navigating our education system and building a supportive community.

  • B5, rooted in the neighborhood where the refugees make their new homes, is there to help make this transitional journey easier for families.