Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success
Organization mission statement:
OUR MISSION IS TO AID IN THE RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT GROUPS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BY PROVIDING ASSISTANCE, TRAINING, RESOURCES, AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT PROMOTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY
The cuts to funding for refugees has been very damaging to our financial sustainability. Secondly, the rhetoric against immigrants has been increasing a negative portrayal of new Americans in our state. We are growing our visibility to 1) generate private donor support, 2) create a positive image of immigrants in New Hampshire.
Current website: refugeesuccess.org
How does your organization serve immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ+, and underrepresented communities and causes? The Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA) formed in 2005 by a group of Somali Bantu refugees living in New England. The group was funded by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement and assisted refugees to integrate into American culture. In 2011, SBCA reformed in New Hampshire as the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The original mission and the staff and board diversified. Today, our eleven-person staff team represents seven countries and is fluent in thirteen languages. Our board members, staff, volunteers, and partners have considerable experience assisting refugees and immigrants succeed in the following programs: Food Security, Employment, Domestic and Sexual Violence Support, and Youth Services. The power of ORIS lies in its cultural understanding, linguistic expertise, and first hand knowledge, of the immigrant experience.