Our state’s early pioneers came to Idaho for many of the same reasons modern-day refugees do: to escape persecution and war, to raise their families in freedom and peace, and for opportunities to achieve their dreams. Refugees arriving in Idaho have been forced to flee from their homes due to persecution based on their religion, race, nationality, or social or political group, and are unable to return. Boise provides a home to some of these refugees. They become part of our community and make many positive economic and cultural contributions. Their stories and heritage are rich. Just like yours.
Neighbors United is a collaborative initiative to help refugees successfully integrate and thrive in Boise. We are made up of more than a hundred community leaders, policy makers, service agency representatives, resettled refugees, volunteers, educators and more. Our primary mission is to identify and improve resources for refugee resettlement.
Since 2009, our program has addressed refugees’ needs and resources related to six pillars:
We believe that what makes us American is not just about what we look like or where we were born—it’s about how we live our lives and what we do that defines us. The refugees who come to the United States embody American values. They have defied the odds to leave behind discrimination, persecution and even violence. They’re here to work hard and make a difference. And we’re here to help them.