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Our community is so profoundly impacted by the many diverse individuals and families with whom we work and serve. We are proud to share a few stories of some of the wonderful people we meet along the way—clients, volunteers, staff, students, community partners...


Sabina
Sabina

History tells us that in American politics, most members of the working-class rarely get a seat at the table. Even lesser represented are those who are foreign-born. But some were destined to shake up the natural order of things.

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Chance
Chance

For Ada Uzia Boaz and Chance Boas living in Tanzania’s refugee camps meant surviving in very difficult conditions. A great deal of their time was spent waiting for food rations, clean drinking water – and especially – waiting decades for a permanent home.

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Ubah
Ubah

After being forced to leave her home country, Ubah Kahiye resettled here in Rhode Island as a refugee from Somalia in 2016 with the help of Dorcas International. Over the last three years, she has had to acclimate to a new environment, learn a new language, and build a new life for herself.

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Youssef
Youssef

Youssef came to the U.S. as a refugee after he and his family were forced to flee their home in Syria, leaving behind everything they’ve ever known. This included the “sweet shops” Youssef owned in Aleppo, where he sold handmade Baklava and Syrian treats – a craft he has been mastering since he was 16 years old.

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Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island strives to create a welcoming environment for all, working to empower the most vulnerable among us for the past 100 years. We meet our clients where they are by providing integrated, wraparound programs and services helping those seeking to overcome educational, cultural, economic, and language barriers.