Supporting Refugees in the Capital Region
There are a number of organizations that support refugees who have resettled in the Capital Region. If you wish to support refugees in our area, you may want to reach out to some or all of the following:
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants - Albany Office is the primary refugee resettlement agency in the Capital Region. The USCRI team prepares new homes for some of the most vulnerable people in the world, whose lives have been interrupted by war, political unrest, violence, or fear. They help people get back on their feet and establish new roots by connecting them to the essentials like jobs, education, and health.
For more information click here, or call 459-1790.
The Capital Region Refugee Roundtable is a network of volunteers and representatives from Capital Region community-based organizations and government agencies, working together to improve and expand support systems that will assist refugees in the Capital Region of New York State. The Refugee Roundtable works in close partnership with USCRI-Albany, and particularly focuses on the needs of refugee families and individuals who have been here for more than six months.
Specifically, the Refugee Roundtable:
Refugee and Immigrant Support Services at Emmaus (RISSE) is a community-based organization assisting refugees and newly arrived immigrants in the city of Albany and beyond. RISSE seeks to support and empower refugee and immigrant families as they learn about and become integrated into U.S. society. The After-School program serves children from a half-dozen countries as they make the transition to school and life in the U.S.. RISSE provides a wide range of support to newly-arrived families, including: day long adult English language classes, resume and job skills education, paperwork assistance and referral to human service providers. For more information click here, or call 621-1041 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Refugee Community Health Partnership Program (RCHPP) is a new program of Trinity Alliance that organizes health education events and services tailored to the special needs of refugees with language and cultural barriers. It provides family and individual mentoring to enable access to the health care system and acquisition of health care competencies; and provides assistance on health related and other concerns during weekly drop-in sessions. It is RCHPP's mission is to serve as a catayst that engages refugees and community partners in ways to enable refugees to overcome language and cultural barriers to health care access, improve their health and well-being, and acquire skills and knowledge to achieve self-efficiency. For more information, call 449-5155.