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Teams of 6-10 adults usher a newly arriving refugee family through their first months in the USA in co-sponsorship with the North Raleigh office of a refugee resettlement agency, USCRI. Engagement options include: welcoming the family at the airport, helping with transportation, securing food assistance, assisting families with technology use including finding online resources, aiding financial literacy, practicing English, and being on call for other support and assistance. Within these circles, we don’t lead the housing set-up for refugee families we support; we partner with others who lead this step, ideally St. Francis’ group. Flexible time commitment of several hours monthly for three to four months geared toward individual interests and gifts. Continuing the connection beyond those early months is encouraged but not required. One 90-minute in-person training session plus ample support from group leaders, social workers and St. Francis staff provided.