“Challenges Related to Economic Self-Sufficiency of New Mexico’s low income families and refugees.
Some of the challenges faced by refugees are similar to those faced by low-income individuals and families in mainstream programs. Most frequent challenges observed by New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways are resource issues, transportation, language barriers, homelessness among some of the participants and hard-to-serve clients. Resources are not always adequate to provide intensive services to the increasing numbers of refugees arriving with limited education and work skills. Transportation systems in communities are often lacking or inadequate necessitating that refugees and NMWGP volunteer staff and volunteer case managers develop their own solutions. Finally, current refugee populations are challenging to serve because many of them have been in refugee camps for years, endured trauma, have health issues, and/or are illiterate”.