GUITAR RESETTLEMENT PROJECT
North Carolina is one of many welcoming states for refugee resettlement.
The Guitar Resettlement Project arose from a personal experience. I was involved with sponsoring a recent resettled Afghan family. I had donated an investment property to them to move into. It was a mother and 3 adult children. They were in the process of getting work authorizations, social security cards, jobs and taking English classes. In the weeks working up to these accomplishments, there wasn't a lot for the young adults to do. Being a musician specifically a keyboard player, I thought having an electric keyboard might give them something to do. With permission from their mom, I put an electric keyboard in their home should they choose to want to tinker with it. The keyboard had mixed reactions. Hamid, the youngest asked if I played guitar. I told him just a little but I had a lot of musician friends and perhaps I could find him a guitar. One Facebook post later the program was born! We've gifted 13 guitars, have a good inventory and are expanding. We are spreading musical hope and inspiration one guitar at a time.
JR Luther from SE Systems in Greensboro, NC volunteers his time and knowledge restringing and refurbishing all donations to prepare then for gifting.
If you are part of a community refugee support group, church group, CWS, or NCACS sponsoring refugees settling in the Triad area and would like information about our program please fill out the form below and we will get back to you.
Press about the Guitar Resettlement Project:
We landed the cover of YES WEEKLY - Greensboro, NC
Story on SPECTRUM NEWS - Triad News
Story in WINSTON SALEM JOURNAL - Winston Salem, NC
Feature on WWAY TV - Wilmington, NC
Story by DAILY ADVENT
If you are interested in getting involved in the North Carolina Refugee Assistance Program, here's a link to organizations and the cities they're in: