Re-Establish Richmond
2920 West Broad Street
Suite 246
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement

ReEstablish Richmond's mission statement is to help refugees establish roots, build community, and find self-sufficiency.

CEO/Executive Director Kate Ayers
Board Chair Marjie Patterson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 2920 West Broad Street
Suite 246
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 723-6414
Fax 804 XXX-XXXX
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $39,267.00
Projected Expenses $39,267.00

ReEstablish Richmond's mission statement is to help refugees establish roots, build community, and find self-sufficiency.


Whole Community Impact:

  • 332 refugee adults and children have been able to learn skills for self-sufficiency through our community service delivery model. All 332 received an in-home visit from our refugee outreach coordinator.

  • 100 refugee adults learned how to be safe drivers through our weekly learner's permit classes taught in native languages.

Transportation Program:

  • 40 refugee families learned to navigate the bus system

  • 100 refugees received learner's permit training in their native language

  • 27 adults were able to get their driver’s license because we funded their behind the wheel driving lessons (see checkbook)

  • 40 refugees learned how to navigate the DMV (see permit classes)

Refugee Community Engagement:

  • Hosted four community-wide events that got refugees out of their homes and feel welcomed into the community

  • Fall: Picnic at the Muslim Community Center

  • 90 refugees shared a meal, networked with people from their own faith community, and shopped at the free yard sale

  • Winter: Christmas Mother Gift Delivery

  • 10 refugee families (benefitting 47 individuals) received $75.00 gift certificates to Walmart and gifts for each of their children

  • Spring: Refugee Seder

  • 70 refugees shared a meal at the local Jewish Temple and networked with people from the Richmond Community

  • Summer: Refugee Community Resource Fair 2017: For World Refugee Day, ReEstablish Richmond partnered with the Tuckahoe YMCA to hold a Community Resource Fair, connecting greater Richmond community organizations with refugees.

  • 16 countries represented

  • 45 volunteers

  • 80 refugee families in attendance

  • 377 refugee individuals attended

  • 31 vendors in education, employment, health, immigration and safety, community and faith organizations

Volunteer Program:

  • Increased the number of RER's regular volunteers from 40 to 134.

  • Made 80 volunteer–client matches.

  • Coordinated 3 volunteer orientations and 3 volunteer trainings.

  • Professionalized the Volunteer Program by developing a more rigorous training curriculum and making background checks a requirement.

  • Built and implemented a new client/volunteer database using FileMaker Pro.

Community Partnerships:

  • Partnered with International Rescue Committee and Cool Spring Baptist to do a pilot soccer camp program called REAL (Refugees, Exercise, Academics, and Leadership) that serves refugee children living in Eastern Henrico. This program will continue weekly, and will integrate sports, academics, and leadership. In addition to playing various sports, students will have the opportunity to work one on one with a reading tutor. So far, 30 students have benefitted from this program.

  • Partnered with St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pinchbeck Elementary, and Derbyshire Baptist church to host a 2nd year of Summer Enrichment Program serving refugees in Western Henrico. This two hour program has an hour of tutoring and an hour of enrichment in the areas of science, art, music, and physical education.

  • Partnered with Alcansa to provide weekly sewing classes to refugee women. At least 10 of the 20 women gained employment because of the skills learned. All 20 women received certificates proving they learned basic sewing skills.

  • Partnered with Tabernacle Baptist Church to host a series of "Next Steps" classes for the Burmese refugee community. These classes/seminars include ESOL, citizenship, and financial literacy.

  • Partnered with VCU Globe to supervise four VCU students working on cookbook and storytelling projects to help educate the Richmond community about refugees and the work of ReEstablish Richmond.

  • Partnered with VCU School of Social Work: Supervised a Masters level social work student that helped guide the organization's capacity building.

  • Partnered with the Frontier Project as their quarterly pro-bono project. They are currently making short videos for the Website to showcase the work that ReEstablish does in the community.

  • Partnered with all three federally funded resettlement agencies: International Rescue Committee, Church World Services, and Commonwealth Catholic Charities. All three agencies are official client referral partners.

  • Partnered with A Metropolitan Driving School to provide affordable permit and behind the wheel training tailored for 20 new drivers.

  • Partnered with Henrico County Department of Social Services as a referral partner for refugees receiving TANF benefits.

  • Partnered with the Islamic Center of Virginia to host a welcome picnic for 30 refugee families.

  • Partnered with the Temple Beth El to host Refugee Seder Dinner.

  • Partnered with Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the International Rescue Committed to develop a Refugee Educational and Advocacy program called RVA (Refugee Voices and Ambassadors). This project is in the beginning stages of training refugee speakers to share their stories and educate the community.

  • Partnered with Americorps VISTA program to provide two full time positions dedicated to building capacity of ReEstablish Richmond. Our Community Outreach and Volunteer VISTA developed our current volunteer program and built a client/volunteer database that will help track clients and impact of services. Our Resource Development VISTA helped to bring in over $73,000 in cash and over $9,000 in in-kind donations.

*For a full listing of our official partners, go to:

We receive referrals to serve refugees from the International Rescue Committee, Church World Services, and Commonwealth Catholic Charities. A great source of referrals come from within the refugee community itself. We also receive referrals from the VIEW program, a Henrico County Department of Social Services employment program.


  1. Move both Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator positions from stipend to salary (Estimated cost: $8,000/month)- We believe funding two full time positions dedicated to supporting refugee self-sufficiency will have an enormous positive impact on the refugee community. Being able to fully fund these two positions would add stability to the organization.
  2. Behind the Wheel Support- We want to increase our current scholarship program from $400 to $600 per month. We have at least four people applying for scholarships each month, but can only pay for two. This ensures refugees become safe drivers.
  3. World Refugee Day Community Resource Fair- We plan to host the 5th annual fair in June of 2017 and hope to increase the budget from $1000 to $2000 so that we can provide more interpretation and translation so clients have better access to information at the fair.
  4. Volunteers- We believe volunteers build bridges and can be trained to provide extended services to refugees. Our goal is to hold a volunteer orientation and training quarterly and train 15-20 volunteers. Volunteer coordination costs a lot of time, which supports our need to provide full time salaries for both staff members.
  5. Support refugee interpreters- We believe contracting with refugees to provide interpretation and translation to support our programming is important. It enables refugees to gain important job experience when they first arrive, and provides a way for Reestablish to give directly to the refugee community. We spent $2,785 during this this past fiscal year. Our goal is to be able to invest at least $4000.00 in refugee interpreters.

Background We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was formed in 2010 to fill a void with initial refugee resettlement. We collaborate with resettlement agencies, residential property owners, educators, faith communities and other organizations to ensure that every refugee resettled in Richmond has the opportunity to establish roots and build community.
CEO Statement

Richmond currently has three refugee resettlement agencies that are federally contracted to support refugees within the first three months of resettlement. ReEstablish Richmond is a direct response to the cognizance that refugees need more than three months to become completely self-sufficient. We believe that refugee voices matter and add value to the greater Richmond community. We hope to keep our funding resources flexible so that we can continue to meet the diverse needs of refugees.

I continue to be proud of the work of ReEstablish Richmond and the things that make it unique in the refugee provider community. We are a small and agile agency with our ears to the ground, listening and responding to the needs of the different refugee communities in Richmond. We built our programs by listening to refugee voices and have a commitment to continue to do so. Community dialogue, client engagement, and grassroots practices really do work, and I am moved at how appreciative the refugee community is of people who will truly listen. 

Kate Ayers, Executive Director

Board Chair Statement
Statement from Board Chair, Marjorie Patterson

I became involved with ReEstablish Richmond three years ago when I was looking for an organization making positive changes in Richmond. I have volunteered with refugees and immigrants for a number of years and have found ReEstablish to be one of the best organizations out there. The trust that our director and other current and past staff members of ReEstablish have built with the refugee community is amazing and a great testament to the quality of services provided to our clients. Refugees have unique needs. Imagine you’ve experienced trauma in your home country and have to relocate halfway across the world, in a place where you don’t speak the language, and where nothing is familiar… grocery stores have food laid out differently and in different packaging you don’t recognize; navigating life is so dependent on a car, which you don’t have; there are so many different government organizations you have to find and figure out; your friends and family are thousands of miles away; and everything just feels different. ReEstablish is here to help ease that transition and be a resource to solve any need a client may have.

The small size of ReEstablish Richmond’s staff and board has allowed us to be a very flexible organization and to easily change our program offerings to meet the most pressing needs of our clients. Being a small, newer organization has had challenges as well, particularly around creating comprehensive policies and procedures. We developed our founding documents, a conflicts of interest policy, and other governing materials early on, and we’ve worked hard to bring on board members with greater experience in managing non-profits so we can ensure we’re following best practices. We have also created volunteer training materials to help all parties navigate boundaries and ensure there’s a healthy relationship between volunteers and clients.

As the organization has built trust with our clients, we have also been increasing the number and type of support requests we have received as well as offers of assistance from the broader Richmond community. One of the challenges we have faced is determining whether our efforts have been successful, figuring out how to replicate that, and finding ways to get the community involved in the successful projects. Some of this sorting of successful projects has happened organically while partnering with other non-profit organizations in Richmond that support refugees. We’ve seen the projects where we have a comparative advantage, which has particularly been around transportation for us. Our staff members have been working over the past year at developing metrics to gauge success, and this is an ongoing area of focus for us.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
ReEstablish Richmond serves refugee clients in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. That said, the majority of refugees that we serve live in Henrico County.
Board Chair
Board Chair Marjie Patterson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Aug 2017 to July 2019
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Kate Bisceglia
Term Aug 2017 to July 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ayad Aldejeri Community Volunteer
Katie Bisceglia Business Owner
Patrick Braford Re-Establish Richmond
Marilyn Breslow Retired
Kathryn Hall VA Hospital
Rick Hanson Retired
Lindsey Leach Community Volunteer
Beth Nolan Nonprofit
Benga Oguntokun IT Company
Marjorie Patterson Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Richard Sasso Community Volunteer
Ramona Taheri Nonprofit
Pient Tran Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 7
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Kate Ayers

Kate Ayers, Executive Director, joined ReEstablish Richmond in 2013. She began working with the refugee population after she participated in the ”Just Faith” program, a semester long class on social justice issues around the world. She spent the last 11 years working as a special education teacher and department chair in Hanover County. Kate is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching. Years of mentoring youth and adults made her aware of the many issues that refugees face on a daily basis, which motivated her to pursue  a career with ReEstablish Richmond.  She has spent the last two years as the Outreach Coordinator for ReEstablish Richmond where she developed and delivered programs to refugees in the areas of transportation and job preparation. 

Volunteers 115
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 66
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2015
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description Shelter is Security
Description Knowledge is Empowering
Description Employment is financial self sufficiency
Description Transportation is Independence
Description Refugee success starts with community engagement
CEO/ED/Board Comments Richmond is expected to increase the number of refugees that will be resettled here from 250-300 per year to 400-500 per year. This influx of refugees will mean that more resources will be needed to support our current programs.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $39,267.00
Projected Expenses $39,267.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$34,300$29,266$16,471
Administration Expense$5,755$982$2,502
Fundraising Expense$674$199$574
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.951.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%96%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%1%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,295$6,318$7,939
Current Assets$5,295$6,318$7,939
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$5,295$6,318$7,939
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Organization Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Organization files a Form 990-N.
  • Financial information obtained from statements provided by the organization.