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  • What is a refugee?
    A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
  • Do you serve asylum seekers?
    Yes, FORA serves both refugees and asylum seekers with no distinction. Throughout this site, the word refugee as used as shorthand for both communities.
  • Which locations are refugees coming from nation-wide?
    The federal government oversees immigration via refugee placement, in partnership with agencies that serve to offer resettlement services. Nation-wide, the majority of refugees are arriving from The Democratic Republic of Congo Myanmar Afghanistan Syria Ukraine Iraq Somalia Eritrea Honduras El Salvador Venezuela
  • Which countries are most highly represented in the state of Florida?
    Refugee resettlement in the state of Florida provides faith communities a unique opportunity to serve a broad spectrum of humanity. In Florida, our refugee resettlement programs mainly receive individuals from Afghanistan Syria Haiti Venezuela Cuba Iraq Sudan The Democratic Republic of Congo and more
  • Do you check the legal status of those you serve?
    The work of checking legal status belongs to the federal and state government. FORA has no role or position in overseeing these policies or processes.
  • Why does the FOR Alliance site seem to place such an emphasis on Muslims?
    Muslims make up one of the largest cultural blocs among global refugee populations. As such, they make up a very high proportion of incoming refugees to Tampa, as well as many other American communities. But there is another reason as well. For decades, tensions, fear, and misunderstanding have characterized relationships between Muslim and Christian communities. FORA seeks to help followers of Jesus take steps towards our Muslim neighbors, so that we can engage with love, not fear; treating people with dignity, not contempt. To this end, we want our communications to reflect the humanity of these communities which have too often been 'othered.'
  • Does FOR Alliance serve Haitians, Venezuelans, Cubans, and Ukrainians as well?
    FORA, in partnership with key members like A New Life Warehouse, serves a broad demographic of refugees. We are seeking to make our foundational programs (including Friendship Families, Homework Help clubs, and ESL classes) available to all refugees who arrive.
  • Is training required for everyone who joins in?
    There are many ways to be involved that don't require training. You can donate needed items, help with a move-in, or serve in one of the NGO's in partnership with FOR Alliance, distributing groceries or fixing bikes. The areas of service that do require training include: The Friendship Family program, Homework Help clubs, and serving in ESL (English as a Second Language.) Contact us for more information about the length of the training and sites for upcoming seminars, at
  • Is FOR Alliance affiliated with a political party?
    FORA is a nonpartisan coalition. Our identity is rooted in being citizens of Heaven, serving to advance the Kingdom of God, with Christ as our Prince of Peace (Philippians 3:20, Matthew 6:33, John 18:36, Isaiah 9:6). While we recognize that following Jesus can also include civic engagement, our role in FORA is free of political affiliation.
  • I'm a pastor. How do I help get my church involved?
    We would love to talk with you! Send in a little information on the form under the "Join" tab. Click on "Pastor", and tell us about yourself and your church. A member of our team will be in touch with you soon!
  • I am a refugee / I know a refugee. How can I connect with you?
    We would love to talk with you! Contact us at A member of FORA will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

We are all
in the same boat
on a stormy sea,
and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.

-G.K. Chesterton

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