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Refugee Outreach

Our services also include reception and placement assistance and social services. Upon a refugee’s arrival in the U.S., RIS provides housing, furniture, clothing, household goods and food. A cultural orientation with an introduction to government and community service providers is offered, along with an initial needs assessment. RIS also evaluates the educational needs of children and places them in appropriate schools. After initial needs are met, RIS connects refugees and new arrivals with a support network of individual volunteers and faith-based groups who provide continued assistanceĀ and a strong community atmosphere.

RIS works to provide the tools that benefit refugees and immigrants as they become fully independent and successful in their new lives in the U.S. These tools include:

  • employment strategies and placement
  • English language instruction
  • day care subsidies
  • driver’s training
  • interpreter services
  • health care facilitation
  • community information and referral
  • case management
  • counseling and family support

Immigration Assistance

Oftentimes the regulations and procedures of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that provide opportunities for the legal work and residency of aliens are complex and difficult to understand, especially for those whose first language is not English. The Board of Immigration Appeals Representatives at RIS have a specialized understanding of the system and can provide expert legal assistance for a number of situations. Our representatives can provide assistance in:

  • reuniting resident families with relatives in other countries
  • attaining legalization for eligible residents
  • completing applications for permanent residency and citizenship
  • acquiring work permits, document renewals and other USCIS requirements
  • providing legal information and referrals