We aim to enhance the biological (basic needs like soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc.) and physiological (mental, emotional, physical) needs of refugees that are impacted by natural or man-made disaster.
Rights4Refugees exists to bridge the gap between refugees and the basic hygiene items they need to live healthy happy lives.
Non-governmental organizations allocate majority of resources to servicing macro-level needs like food, housing, and water sanitation in the wake of disaster. Although, these macro-level needs are essential, micro-
level needs are often disregarded and underserved.
To develop a social enterprise that focuses solely on pre-packaged hygiene box distribution. Additionally, we will provide hygiene health education which is the best use of economic and human recourses to combat this problem.
We collaborate with local and global community-based organizations that serve refugees as they transition into independent lifestyle. We strive to work with licensed Social Workers at each organization to collect qualitative and quantitative data to access the biological state as it correlates to physiological well-being of each refugee.
Currently, we work with ACCESS (Arab American Center Economic Social Service) organization that has been serving the immigrant and refugee community for more than 47 years. Founded by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1971 out of a storefront in Dearborn’s impoverished south end, ACCESS was created to assist the Arab immigrant and refugee population adapt to life in the United States. Today, ACCESS is the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the United States. With 11 locations and more than 120 programs serving metro Detroit, ACCESS offers a wide range of social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population.
Our partnerships with local and global organizations helps us to stay aligned with the community we are serving. We aim to start localling in Detroit, revise, shift our plan and eventually scale globally.
Rights4Refugees is modeled after Maslow’s hierarchy of needs states that every person should have the basic human needs to function. The positive change Rights4Refugees strives to create is to enhance the biological (basic needs like soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc.) and psychological (mental, emotional, physical) state of refugees impacted by natural or man-made disaster.
The social impact Rights4Refugees aims to deliver pre-packaged hygiene boxes that include the most critical hygiene items like soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, etc. with a heavy focus on female menstrual health items like sanitary pads on the monthly basis. As a result, each box delivered to a refugee provides access to their biological needs which acts as a preventative measure against bacterial infections, viruses, and illnesses. In return, once the biological needs are met, their psychological state (mental, physical, emotional) is enhanced. Most importantly, implementing pre-packaged hygiene boxes has the potential to reduce diarrhea rates by 40% and increase job satisfaction by 36% once basic hygiene needs are met.
Meet Our Founder
Dominique Golden is a true catalyst for change, servant leader and recent graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. There, she transitioned from Corporate America to leverage her business skillset to enhance her home community in Detroit. At Wayne State, Dominique pursued a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Development in addition to Certificates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Human Service Management. Additionally, she served as the Graduate Student Chair Representative for the award winning Social Entrepreneurship Committee, Fundraising Chair for TIMMY Global Health Organization, OptimizeWayne Social Innovation Challenge Finalist, and the founder of Rights4Refugees.
Currently, Dominique serves as the Secretary for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Michigan Chapter. She aims to leverage this role to provide a voice for the new generation of Social Workers.
Based in Detroit, Dominique is pursuing a career in Global Humanitarian work, specifically with implementing asset-based community programing that will enhance opportunities for marginalized people of color, woman and beyond. When she’s not working on building an impact for others, you can find her exploring the world through travel, enjoying live music, or cheffing it up in the kitchen!
I aim to do well by doing good. I plan to build and develop Rights4Refugees, a social enterprise organization that bridges the gap between refugees and the resources they need to rebuild their lives after natural and manmade disaster.
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