OUR PHILOSOPHY & PROCESS
Refugees are in survival mode from the day they arrive but especially at the 90 day mark when their government funds end. They need additional support and encouragement to continue their journey of stability and integration. AS IT SHOULD BE believes this continued stability can be achieved by providing a nurturing housing environment that offers support, encouragement and a program that provides a hand-up to continue their journey to self-sufficiency. AS IT SHOULD BE will be their community champions - by making their achievements a big deal, they will become a big deal to them.
Collaboration - Setting goals together to achieve results
Coordination - Working together to achieve results through barrier reduction
Celebration - Making a big deal about their achieved results
AS IT SHOULD BE administers a self-sufficiency program that provides incentives and support to help refugee families living in a Beyond90 residence to increase their earned income and reduce or eliminate their dependence on public assistance programs while achieving the life skills that enable independent living and self-sufficiency in American society. This model has three developmental stages called G-A-P and becomes the bridge from the initial time after resettlement to self-sufficiency.
GAIN KNOWLEDGE - refugee will observe and learn about American society, the differences and what will be necessary to become self-sufficient and live independently. During this stage they will be encouraged to develop a growth mindset – a “can do” attitude knowing they will be supported on their journey.
ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY - refugee will begin to “take charge” of what they learned in stage "G" and start learning how “to do.” Assistance will be provided as needed by AS IT SHOULD BE representatives. As repetition aids learning, the refugee will over time demonstrate achievement of everyday tasks necessary to live and function independently.
PARTNER UP - refugee will have made significant improvements in learning independent living skills and have advanced in ESL to a level that they can be partnered with a newer family to help with translation and encourage their continued growth and participation in the Program.