Nashville will welcome over 300 of our Afghan allies to our city in the coming weeks and months as part of the historic nationwide effort to resettle over 50,000 evacuees from Afghanistan.
During this critical time, we are 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.
NICE has partnered with the Community Resource Center to receive donations of household items for our new neighbors.
Please note, we will only be accepting donations of NEW items at the Community Resource Center.
Donations can be dropped off to the Community Resource Center, located at 218 Omohundro Place Nashville, TN 37210. Smaller donations can be dropped off anytime (including weekends) in the Donation Drop-Off bin labeled “Afghan Allies” at the front of the building. Larger donations can be dropped off during CRC Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For questions, please call 615-291-6688 or email: email@example.com
NICE has partnered with ThriftSmart, a locally-run thrift store. For all donations brought on our behalf, they will provide our program with gift cards to their store. This way, donors are still able to indirectly help our program! If you contact ThriftSmart at 615.833.8200, you can set up a date and time for either a donation drop-off or pick-up.
Facts about Resettlement of Afghan Allies in Nashville
290 Afghans are projected to be resettled in Nashville between two resettlement agencies. The number was Greater Nashville will soon welcome more than 300 of our Afghan allies as part of the historic nationwide effort to resettle over 50,000 evacuees from Afghanistan. We expect our new neighbors to arrive in Nashville gradually between now and the end of March 2022.
The effort is being led by our city’s two resettlement agencies, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) and Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Diocese of Nashville. Both agencies will receive arrivals and serve them through the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program. The federal government has recently authorized our Afghans allies arriving with humanitarian parole to receive refugee resettlement benefits. They will also be able to apply for employment authorization documents through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Understanding “Humanitarian Parole”
Humanitarian Parole is a document granted for short-term urgent humanitarian relief that gives the recipient official permission to enter into the United States. These Afghan evacuees are eligible to apply for asylum through (USCIS). Some individuals granted humanitarian parole status include those who have contracted with the U.S. military or government but have not completed Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) processing before they had to flee their country.
Vetting Prior to Arrival in the United States
All arrivals from Afghanistan are thoroughly vetted before their arrival in the United States. Vetting procedures include multiple rounds of biometric and biographic screening, and matching results with a variety of law enforcement and intelligence agency watchlists. The Departments of Homeland Security and Defense conduct vetting in coordination with intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and additional Intelligence Community (IC) partners.
All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 upon arriving in the United States. Full medical screenings, immunizations, COVID- 19 vaccines, and other vaccines are being provided as well.