One of 104 national affiliates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Help for newcomers to get on their feet and become self-sufficient. Provides case management in 20 languages. Provide housing (30-120 days), household goods, food, case management, cultural and community orientation, orientation to public transport, loaning cars for job interviews, interpretation at social security services and schools and doctors appointments, referrals to other services, matching with volunteers, employment training, resume building, computer training, legal immigration services. There are also walk in clinics to help (must call ahead for an appointment). Resettlement and placement services available to new arrivals. Employment services available to refugees and asylees living in Northern Virginia up to 5 years after arrival/asylum approval.
In Arlington, Alexandria, Annandale, Fredericksburg, Manassas.
Also provides resources for employers, volunteers and parishes.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington – Migration and Refugee Services
Aims to assist and empower refugees by teaching self-sufficiency. Services provided by Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program include employment placement and orientation, English instruction, educational planning, family mentorship, and case management. This organization is seeking volunteers and operates in the Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke areas.
Nationally recognized non-profit works to help refugee women and their families thrive in the Puget Sound region. The organization’s services include: ESL classes, job training, relocation assistance, naturalization and legal assistance, youth and adult education, mental health support, and domestic violence assistance. Services are available in over 50 languages and dialects.
The Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) is a technical assistance program designed to support and strengthen the linkages between pre-departure and post-arrival Cultural Orientation (CO) programs for refugees on their journey to resettle in the United States. CORE provides refugee backgrounders, case studies of best and promising practices, videos, and other multimedia materials that assist Cultural Orientation instructors, service providers, and refugees. It offers webinars and online courses and host face-to-face workshops and conferences. CORE shares survey reports and Cultural Orientation news through an eNewsletter, and hosts and moderates an online community of practice.
Quick and easy access to resources for refugee families in Spanish, Somali, Nepalese, Arabic, Karen, and Burmese on the topics of family life and parenting, early childhood, the U.S. school system (K-12), children’s books, and health/mental health.
Organized and hosted by Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services, a project of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Languages: Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepalese, Somali, Spanish
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) is a project of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). BRYCS maintains the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families. Pages can be translated into numerous languages with a single click. The BRYCS web site and clearinghouse is geared towards front-line workers, program planners, and administrators as well as researchers and policy-makers. The purpose of the Clearinghouse is to facilitate information-sharing and collaboration among service providers, disseminate information on evidence-based practices, and to improve institutional memory on refugee and immigrant family issues. It is designed to meet the information needs of professionals who encounter refugee and immigrant children and families in their work.
Online training modules are available on topics such as Discrimination & Bullying of Refugee Youth, Raising Children in a New Country, Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development, Refugee and Immigrant Family and Community Engagement in the Schools, Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR/DCS-Funded Care Provider Programs and Refugee 101: With a Special Look at Child-Specific Issues . Also available are archived webinars on a variety of refugee issues specific to children.
A libguide containing ESL and Citizenship resources to benefit libraries, schools, and agencies that serve as first cultural contact for new Americans from around the world. Topics covered: Learning English, living in America, obtaining citizenship, support for immigrants, understanding world cultures, and suggested reading for adults, teens, and children. Created by Worcester Public Library with ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant funds.
Welcome to America: A Multimedia Resource Guide for Language, Culture & Citizenship for ESL Students and Educators