Report on Afghan Refugee Resettlement

Read the below report on what support we have been able to provide our new Afghan neighbors as they settle in Oklahoma, including items distributed through our Refugee Resource Center. This report will be updated on an ongoing basis.

CAIR Oklahoma has been instrumental in working alongside Catholic Charities to welcome 1,006 Afghan newcomers to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, with 1,806 resettled statewide. More than fifty percent of these new arrivals are under the age of 18, and there have been more than a dozen Afghan babies born in our state. Forty-four percent of these families are settled in permanent housing, with twenty percent of the heads of the household employed. All school-age children in permanent housing have been enrolled in school.

Total Assistance Provided to Afghan Refugees

The following numbers represent an example of the positive impact CAIR Oklahoma has had on our new Afghan community as they resettle in Oklahoma City.

The Afghan community continues to be served directly by CAIR Oklahoma through our Refugee Resource Center and with our partnerships with local and national non-profits and community organizations.

Afghans Provided With Clothing Assistance

Food Boxes Delivered

Volunteer Hours Assisting Afghan Refugees

Diaper and Baby Item Distribution (Number of Families)

August 2022 Update

Below are the numbers that reflect the services and support we were able to provide for our new Afghan neighbors in August 2022. In August, we were open for nine days with a total of 24 families visiting. We welcomed 28 individual volunteers and a volunteer group from Tinker Airforce Base, saving CAIR-OK $3,712 in the month of August through their efforts. We also had the opportunity to work with our amazing community and interfaith partners in distributing 226 backpacks to all Afghan children enrolled in the Putnam City School District and 111 prayer rugs to the OKC, Putnam City, and Stillwater school districts for use by Afghan children.

Afghans Provided With Clothing Assistance

Volunteer Hours Sorting Items at Resource Center

Diaper and Baby Item Distribution (Families)

Food Boxes Delivered (Courtesy of Islamic Relief and Urban Mission Pantry)

Representative Mickey Dollens visiting our Refugee Resource Center to learn more about our new Afghan community.

Rhodes family helping pack backpacks every day for a week at our Refugee Resource Center

Tinker Air Force Base volunteers helping to sort out clothing and hygiene items for our new Afghan neighbors.

July 2022 Update

Below are the numbers that reflect the services and support we were able to provide for our new Afghan neighbors in July 2022. In July, we partnered with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City to provide back-to-school hygiene kits for 400 students in Oklahoma City and Putnam City schools. The kits include body wash, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, and deoderant. Also, in July, we were honored to host U.S. Senate candidate Madison Horn for a visit to tour our Refugee Resource Center and learn more about our new Afghan community.

Afghans Provided With Clothing Assistance

Volunteer Hours Sorting Items at Resource Center

Diaper and Baby Item Distribution (Families)

Food Boxes Delivered (Courtesy of Islamic Relief and Urban Mission Pantry)

Shampoo and conditioner sets, deodorant, body wash, bars of soap and more collected for Afghan students starting school in the Fall.

Hunger Free Oklahoma volunteering and assisting families visiting the CAIR Resource Center [July 28th]

U.S. Senate Candidate, Madison Horn visited the Refugee Resource Center to learn more about CAIR-OK’s refugee services [July 25].

June 2022 Update

Below are the numbers that reflect the services and support we were able to provide for our new Afghan neighbors in June 2022. June saw a huge showing of volunteer efforts from two local groups, ICNA Relief and Tinker Air Force Base. Although fewer items were distributed in June due to limited openings at our resource center (which closed for two weeks because of a music camp in our shared space), we were excited to know that more than 500 of our Afghan neighbors transitioned to temporary housing with only a handful of families left in hotels.

Afghans Provided With Clothing Assistance

Volunteer Hours Sorting Items at Resource Center

Diaper and Baby Item Distribution (Families)

Food Boxes Delivered (Courtesy of Islamic Relief and Urban Mission Pantry)

Tinker Air Force Base Volunteers at the Refugee Resource Center [June 29].

One of our hygiene item shelves fully stocked and ready for visitors to take items they need.

ICNA Relief volunteers donating clothing today and helping hang everything up for our Afghan neighbors.

May 2022 Update

Below are the numbers that reflect the services and support we were able to provide for our new Afghan neighbors in May 2022. In May, we partnered with Catholic Charities Oklahoma City and The Spero Project to host a special Eid Festival for our new Afghan community, which close to 1,000 people attended. This was one of the year’s highlights for the Afghan community as kids celebrated with games and gifts, and adults danced and congratulated one another on the successful completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Additionally, CAIR Oklahoma opened a new Refugee Resource Center at St. John’s Episcopal Church and School on North Brookline Ave in OKC. The Center is open to visitors Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30-3:30 and provides clothing, household items, hygiene items, back-to-school supplies, and much more.

CAIR Oklahoma staff also visited 83 Afghan children at Tulakes and Wiley Post Elementary Schools during their last week of classes and distributed candy in recognition of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday.

Afghans Provided With Clothing Assistance

Volunteer Hours Sorting Items at Resource Center

Diaper and Baby Item Distribution (Families)

Afghans Provided With Hygiene Item Assistance

April 2022 Update

Below are the numbers that reflect the services and support we were able to provide for our new Afghan neighbors in April 2022. In April, we worked alongside partner groups such as Catholic Charities, The Spero Project, Surayya Anne Foundation OKC, and Refugee Support Group to ensure that the first Ramadan for Afghan Refugees in Oklahoma would be a spiritually uplifting and memorable one.

In the month of April, we had a total of 67 volunteers who assisted us for 342 hours for a total value of $8,562 in volunteer time contributed. In preparation for the Holy Month of Ramadan, we were able to meet our fundraising goal to put together Ramadan Mubarak Kits for our new Afghan neighbors that consisted of Ramadan stickers and coloring books for the kinds, candy, a thermos for coffee/tea, a Ramadan prayer schedule, and much more. Along with the Ramadan Kits, we distributed Ramadan food boxes from Islamic Relief USA provided through Khan Ohana Foundation to all Afghans in permanent housing.

Ramadan Kits Distributed to Afghans in Permanent and Temporary Housing

Volunteer Hours Sorting Clothing, Delivering Meals, Kits, and Clothing

Food Boxes Delivered (Courtesy of Islamic Relief and Urban Mission Pantry)

Prayer Rugs Distributed (Courtesy of Refugee Support Group)

The CAIR Oklahoma Afghan Refugee Resource Center had its soft opening in late April 2022 offering clothing, hygiene items, household items, and baby supplies for Afghan families in Oklahoma City.

On May 3rd, 2022, CAIR Oklahoma partnered with Catholic Charities, The Spero Project, Surayya Anne Foundation, and the Refugee Support Group to host an Eid al-Fitr Festival for more than 600 Afghan friends.

Part of our focus with our new Afghan community is ensuring that children are enrolled in school, have all the supplies they need, and are growing comfortably in their new learning environments.

March 2022 Update

Below are the numbers that reflect the services and support we were able to provide for our new Afghan neighbors in March 2022.

Individuals That Received Clothing From Our Clothing Closet

Volunteer Hours Sorting Clothing, Delivering Meals, Kits, and Clothing

Number of Individuals Provided With Meals From Food Box Delivery

Number of Backpacks With School Supplies Provided to Students

February 2022 Update

Below are the numbers that reflect the services and support we were able to provide for our new Afghan neighbors in February 2022. In February, we welcomed our final Afghan family bringing the total number of Afghans resettled in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to 1,006 and the total number of Afghans resettled in Tulsa to 800 for a grand total of 1,806.

Welcome Kits and Meals Distributed

Volunteer Hours Sorting Clothing, Delivering Meals, Kits, and Clothing

Number of Volunteers