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Post from Sparrow CEO: Why U.S. Refugee Resettlement is Good for America

Post from Sparrow CEO: Why U.S. Refugee Resettlement is Good for America

Companies of all sizes have joined courts, states, cities and the general public in their outrage over President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration issued last week. One of the main tenants of the order is halving the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program (USRP), which for over three decades as been one of America’s most efficient and effective programs. Contrary to what is purported by its detractors, USRP is iron tight, featuring the most intense immigration vetting process to be found anywhere. Through the modern U.S. refugee resettlement system, less than 1 percent of refugees are resettled each year. Those who make it through the years’ long vetting process are historically productive citizens who contribute to their new communities and the U.S. economy in a positive way. In comparison to the overall U.S. population, its refugee resettlement system is not huge, but for the past three decades has been the largest in the world. In 2015, the U.S. welcomed about 77,000 refugees and the number was expanded to approx. 85,000 in 2016 [Pew]. “No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It’s a distinctive competitive advantage for our country — one we should not weaken.” This quote, an excerpt from a letter sent by Jeff Bezos to all Amazon employees last week is but one example of how fervently the business world is reacting to President Trump’s executive order, which drastically reduces USRP alongside other immigration restrictions. The chorus of corporations calling for a rebuke to the executive order seemed to grow by the hour and now includes MasterCard, Ford, Alphabet, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Facebook and Microsoft. Airbnb...
Sparrow Program for Refugees Featured at White House Roundtable During United Nations General Assembly

Sparrow Program for Refugees Featured at White House Roundtable During United Nations General Assembly

Sparrow Joins White House Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis Along with 50 Private Sector Companies SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 20, 2016) Sparrow, a U.S. wireless company applying the buy-one-give-one model for world change, announced its participation in the White House Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis. The White House invited Sparrow to present its RefugeeMobile program, backed in part by a MacArthur Discovery Grant, that provides new refugees who arrive in the United States with smartphones and apps designed to help them connect with their support network, learn English, find jobs and contribute to their new communities. There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number on record since the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began collecting statistics. More than 21 million of these people have crossed international borders in search of safety and are registered as refugees. Refugees are people just like everyone else — mothers, fathers, doctors, teachers, students — who have been driven from their homes and across international borders by violence and persecution. More than half are children. “The stories we hear from RefugeeMobile participants are heart breaking, but their resilience is awe inspiring,” said Matt Bauer, CEO, Sparrow. “We are humbled and honored to present RefugeeMobile to President Obama and see an enormous opportunity for improving refugee resettlement services in the U.S. by applying smartphones and modern technology,” said Bauer. Sparrow responded to the White House Call to Action with a pledge to expand Sparrow’s Texas-based RefugeeMobile program from 250 families to 1,000 or more families...
In the News: Smartphones are a Lifeline for Homeless People

In the News: Smartphones are a Lifeline for Homeless People

Mobile for All featured by The Guardian The Guardian newspaper in the UK recently covered Mobile for All’s homeless program. Here’s what Mobile for All program manager, Allan Baez, had to say: “Smartphones are incomparable tools for connecting people who are isolated, and empowering homeless and extreme-low-income individuals to access life-changing services and gain self-sufficiency,” says Baez. Read the full article...
Bring Your Apple Device (BYAD) to Sparrow

Bring Your Apple Device (BYAD) to Sparrow

Today, people are flocking to Apple.com and Apple stores to pre-order the new iPhone. And today marks an exciting day for consumer freedom. Thanks to the new Apple No-SIM option, now anyone can purchase an iPhone or iPad directly from Apple, and activate it with the carrier of their choice. BYAD means you can get the iPhone of your dreams, activate with Sparrow and sponsor a device or service for someone in need Instead of picking one of the big 4 carriers, you can choose the “No SIM” option at Apple checkout, and then activate your device with Sparrow. For every new Sparrow customer we connect, a device or service is donated to someone in need. Reusing is great for the environment and for your pocketbook ALSO, Apple’s announcement means there will be volumes of previous iPhone models coming onto the refurbished market. Why do we like this? Because re-using is great for the environment, and consumers will have access to more affordable (and still fabulous) devices. The more refurbished devices that get used, the less e-waste and landfill.   Call Sparrow at 844-846-1653 to make sure the iPhone of your choice is compatible with our network, and to order your Sparrow SIM.    ...