Project Type: Emerging Focus Areas
Project Stage: In Progress
RefugeeMobile aims to improve the social and economic integration of Arabic and Swahili speaking refugees arriving at Refugees Services of Texas (RST) by providing them with improved access to modern resources via smartphone. The project is being implemented by RST in collaboration with Sparrow Mobile at four Texas locations (Austin, Houston, Ft. Worth and Dallas). In addition to standard RST case management services, refugees in the program receive a smartphone from Sparrow that includes six months of free basic services (call, text, data) plus specifically designed apps that should allow the refugees easier transition into their new community. The pre-loaded apps are meant to assist translation, navigation, transportation, and banking among other essential activities. After receiving the phone, program participants are trained on how to operate the phone and utilize the pre-loaded features.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
Refugee Services of Texas