Refugee Social Services are funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, and are administered in the state by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.

Refugee Community Services:

Refugee Community Services provide orientation for refugee populations regarding how to access and navigate mainstream service system and local resources. Direct services to refugees include family support and assistance to promote adjustment and economic self-sufficiency, such as help with housing issues, fuel assistance, education, daycare for children, and referral to mental health, medical and legal services. Providers also reach out to time-eligible asylees, secondary migrants, and refugees who may need to re-enter the refugee services system. Providers use ethnic TV, radio, newspapers, and local events to outreach to refugee populations and facilitate adjustment to their new communities. They also provide cultural orientation to mainstream service providers regarding various refugee populations and their specific characteristics and needs. Organizations contracted for RCS provide translation and interpreting services for refugees in a wide range of languages, including low-incidence languages (Arabic, Somali, Burmese, Tigrinya, Karen, Nepali, Amharic, Swahili, and African languages).

Youth Adjustment Services:

Youth Adjustment Services provides refugee youth with a variety of opportunities that facilitate community integration and development of independent living and vocational skills. The objective of the program is to assist refugee youth to succeed through employment and career services, short term training and internship opportunities, independent living curriculum and training, counseling on higher education opportunities, and social adjustment case management.


This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.