The Bhutanese Community Resource Center’s (BCRC) objective is to provide direct services to Bhutanese refugees who come to Washington for resettlement. BCRC provides volunteer services to newly arrived refugees in various capacities. BCRC works closely with the community in identifying and addressing their needs. So far, BCRC has been able to address many of the issues of newly arrived families.
BCRC also aspires to preserve Bhutanese Nepali culture and language. BCRC showcases Bhutanese culture by organizing cultural events every year. BCRC publishes a bilingual monthly newsletter designed especially for people with language barriers. BCRC also closely with Bhutanese youths by organizing sports events and other youth engagement projects within and out of the community.
Our services include the following:
- To encourage adult Limited English Proficiency (LEP) community members for literacy and skill development program and assist them in job readiness, job search, and job placement.
- To connect the community with resource centers that support for social services.
- To advocate for a subsidized housing, medical insurance, and legal issues.
- To advocate and provide support and services to the families in emergencies (death, fire and, natural calamities).
- To advocate for including the Nepali language in the academic curriculum, government information dissemination process including Department of Social and Health Service, Department of Licensing and Social Security Administration communication materials.
- To encourage the community to practice and promote social and cultural values.
- To provide necessary support and launch awareness programs for Bhutanese families during the transitional period.
- To provide support and services with priority to children, people with disabilities and seniors.
- To advocate for ending discrimination amongst individuals and families that exist within the community.
- To preserve and promote the artistic skills and explore markets for traditional arts and crafts.
- To bridge up the generation gap scientifically that has been existing for long in the society.
- To develop and extend a cordial relationship with government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other service providers.