Help our neighbors community refugees people in need.

It takes a whole community to foster community for all.

The Open Door Network empowers community support for our newest Nashville neighbors—by connecting Nashvillians and organizations to refugees who are starting over here. Because when someone is searching for a place to belong, our door is always open.

Why the network? Beyond financial support, new neighbors need help with practical things—like airport pickups, grocery runs, coordinating housing, or getting advice on day-to-day decisions—because language and cultural barriers can make this stuff challenging. Making sure every new refugee has the help they need starting a new life here takes a whole community.

The Open Door Network helps new neighbors have a fresh start in Nashville by:

  • Raising money to help support a refugee family
  • Organizing volunteers to help with daily life
  • Providing in-kind donations

Join the Network

Are you a host, local church, neighborhood association, school, or group interested in helping welcome our new neighbors to Nashville?

Already part of the Open Door Network? Access resources for your team and make your donations in support of refugees families.

Interested in financially sponsoring a refugee family? By donating to the Open Door Network Fund, you are helping provide critical support for housing, emergency expenses, and in-depth case management that a newly-arrived refugee family needs. Every 3 months, NICE will send you a report about the family or families you have sponsored during their 6 months sponsorship period.

We are welcoming hundreds of refugees each year to Nashville.

NICE has already resettled over 200 Afghan evacuees, and are approved to welcome 250 refugees from around the world in 2022. During this critical time, we’re leaning on the Nashville community to ensure our new neighbors have access to the entire network of services and support they need to become economically self-sufficient and successfully transition into life in the United States.