ReFugee Resettlement


Marie at World Refugee Day 2013
Refugee resettlement is a humanitarian effort that benefits some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.  We offer a strong helping hand to families and individuals upon their arrival to accelerate their transition to become self-sufficient and active community participants.  

Through partnerships with organizations and individuals from faith-based, public, and private sectors, our multilingual staff provides newly arrived refugees with:

    • Basic needs assistance (housing, food, enrolling in schools, etc. )\
    • Cultural orientation and skills building programs
    • Assistance accessing healthcare
    • English as a Second Language and Workforce education programs
    • Employment services (job training & placement)
    • Ongoing advocacy and case management to insure self-sufficiency

    We serve over 450 refugees each year from troubled regions all over the world including Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Togo, and the Ukraine.

    Newly arriving refugees are often in great distress and need. Many have arrived with no literacy skills and significant physical or mental health issues. Often refugees have walked off the plane with only the clothes on their backs and their documents.

    Refugee Resettlement depends heavily on individual and group volunteers to help new arrivals adjust to their new lives.  We continuously needs supplies to assist newly-arrived refugees establish homes in our community.  

    Are you interested in donating items for our new families?

    Our refugee families are in constant need of seasonally appropriate clothing, toiletries, cookware and dinnerware, bed and bath linens. If you haven any of these items that you would like to donate, please contact Lina Bravo at 401.784.8663.
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    We are no longer accepting furniture donations.

    We do not have the space to store large items at this time.  Please check with other agencies like Big Brothers Big Sisters or Salvation Army.  

    Would you like to volunteer?

    Would like to volunteer as refugee mentor helping families adjust to life in Rhode Island? Please contact our Coordinator of Volunteers , Elaine Heebner at 401-784-8697.

    Lean more about the journey of a refugee:

    Marie's Story

    Lemlem's Story

    Ali's Story