Campaign for Resilience
What is the Campaign for Resilience?
Nationalities Service Center (NSC) has launched our Campaign for Resilience to honor our history and to safeguard our legacy and the futures of our clients in response to an exceedingly uncertain operating environment. This campaign will provide NSC with the resources, at the ready, to respond in real time to shifts in federal policy and funding as related to refugee resettlement and immigration. In the event of any sudden cuts, reductions, or extended delays in federal or state pass-through funding, the resources from the Campaign will help keep needed program areas afloat and will allow us to continue offering needed services to clients while the agency regroups and redeploys resources based on these changes. In a time when a return to empathy and decency is deeply needed in our country, the Campaign for Resilience is a constructive vehicle for concerned citizens to show their support for keeping the Philadelphia region a warm and welcoming community for those in critical need who make their way to our region from across the globe.
What challenges does the Campaign for Resilience seek to address?
Currently, 56% of NSC’s funding originates with government grants and contracts to provide services for refugees and immigrants. These services include resettling refugees, helping refugees secure employment, connecting them with appropriate physical and behavioral healthcare to address injuries resulting from war or ethnic violence, and assisting survivors of torture. Due to the integrated nature of our core services, a sudden and significant shift in funding would ripple throughout the entire agency with unforeseeable impact on a range of program areas.
These are uncertain times, and while the definition of American values are reimagined on a national scale, we resolve to hold firm to our organizational belief that immigrants and refugees are a critical part of the fabric of life in the United States. As such, we strive to provide client-centered services that help those we serve build a solid foundation for a self-sustaining and dignified future here in Philadelphia. We know that now is the time to strengthen NSC so it is nimble and adaptable in keeping with our 95 year history.
In recent years, NSC has weathered federal shutdowns, budget impasses, and federal spending freezes, but this current operating environment is unique in our experience. This federal fiscal year, NSC is projected to resettle 565 refugees, an increase of 13% over the past two years alone. Given the uncertainty as to who will be permitted entry as a refugee going forward, NSC is faced with the need to continue providing high-quality services to those immigrants and refugees who are still in need here in Philadelphia as well as stand ready to be of service to those who are permitted to enter, despite any diminished federal resources. Refugees and immigrants who are already living in the United States could be at risk if their legal status is not adjusted appropriately and in a timely manner, and those refugees who have recently arrived are still in need of core services. This reality presents a unique quandary to an organization like NSC as to how to plan effectively. NSC began the business of building restricted reserves several years ago, but given the immediate cascading consequences caused by what we anticipate could be abrupt changes in resettlement, the need for pre-emptive planning and the development of adequate resources at the ready is critical now more than ever before.
How does the Campaign for Resilience work?
• Phase 1 - Triage: Funds scaled-back Refugee & Community Integration and Health & Wellness programs through December 2017 in the event of a sudden disruption in client flow and attendant funding. If there is a partial pause in place for refugee resettlement, this phase would enable NSC to continue offering needed services to those refugees who have already arrived here in Philadelphia. The total cost for this phase, based on contingency financial planning, is $320,149.
• Phase 2 – Redeploy: Above and beyond the triage phase, this works to build NSC’s reserves to an additional 60 business days based on contingency planning. This will permit our teams in all areas to continue providing high-quality services and will strengthen NSC for the long-term. The total cost for this phase is $648,960.
• Phase 3 – Sustain: Brings NSC’s resiliency fund to 120 business days of operating funds. The total cost for this phase is $328,768. The six months of operating funds provides time for the business model to adapt and other funding sources will have adjusted to support the organization.
These funds will be temporarily restricted and used to float programs until the stability of funding is ensured and the agency can readjust to the new operating environment. Any funds unused during this time will be rolled into NSC’s restricted reserves to protect the agency in the long term.