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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...
Mobile Tips & Tricks: Buy a New iPhone from Apple & Activate it with Sparrow

Mobile Tips & Tricks: Buy a New iPhone from Apple & Activate it with Sparrow

Got your heart set on a new iPhone but don’t see it in the Sparrow catalog? Good news, you can buy an iPhone from Apple and activate it with Sparrow. This is a little known fact, and once you know how, it’s simple to do. Before you make a trip to the Apple Store, we recommend calling Sparrow at (844) 846-1653 so that our knowledgable team can help you navigate the process and arm you with information before you go. Step-by-Step To buy a new iPhone from Apple and bring it to Sparrow, follow these steps: From Sparrow, purchase an iPhone SIM and wireless service plan. You can do this via the Sparrow online catalog, or by calling Sparrow at (844) 846-1653 TIP: Double check to make sure the SIM model matches the iPhone model of your choice TIP: We recommend getting your Sparrow SIM first, before you buy your iPhone, because who doesn’t want to activate their shiny new phone right away? Buy the iPhone of your choice directly from Apple If you are paying for the iPhone in full, then choose “NO SIM” at checkout (you will use your Sparrow SIM) If you are buying via the Apple Upgrade Program, you are required to activate the new phone with your current carrier. As long as you are not in contract with your current carrier, once your Apple purchase is complete, you will be able to switch the phone to Sparrow Call Sparrow at (844) 846-1653 and our friendly team will help complete your account details and activate your new iPhone with Sparrow Here’s the information you will need to provide: Phone Number & Previous Carrier (if you plan to keep your same number) iPhone IMEI (located on...
YPO Real Leaders Magazine Features Sparrow

YPO Real Leaders Magazine Features Sparrow

“There is an incredible opportunity to make a difference as a ‘Real Leader’ – now”  Sir Richard Branson This month’s edition of Real Leaders, the magazine for YPO, features Sparrow’s new initiative connecting refugees with smartphones and service for smoother integration. Could you find housing or a job or navigate a new city without a phone? Welcoming new people to our shores and providing them with the tools they need to join our American family makes good sense. Read the article...
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...