Cuisine for a Cause!

Feed the need to “do good” by “eating good” at some of Columbus’ most amazing ethnic restaurants! Columbus Food Adventures has generously cooked up a fundraising food tour with all proceeds to benefit Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS). The tasty tours on July 21, 22, and 23 will visit Nepalese, Senegalese, Ethiopian, and Somali restaurants, plus a multi-ethnic market. For more information, visit the Columbus Food Adventures website. Hungry for more? Enter the raffle on CRIS’ website by clicking on the Columbus Food Adventures Logo: $25 for the chance to break bread over a private dinner with Columbus Food Adventures’ owners at a favorite local restaurant.

Mental health, suicide and PTSD among Bhutanese refugees in Ohio



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CRIS, as part of its mental health screening and referral program in 2013, used the Refugee Health Screener 15 (RHS-15) tool to assess for anxiety, depression and PTSD during client intakes on newly arriving Bhutanese refugees in Ohio. CRIS’ analysis of the RHS-15 found that 38% of their Bhutanese refugees had screened positive for behavioral health issues. The rate in contrast was above the average score for all arriving refugees over 14 years-of-age by about 30%.

As a result, CRIS contacted the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) to request assistance with the emergent mental health problems besetting the Bhutanese refugees who resettled in Ohio. Consequently, CRIS with support of the Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus and OhioMHAS, undertook a field survey between July and August 2014 in Central Ohio.

This research was guided by three main objectives: (1) to examine the effects of trauma exposure on refugees’ behavioral health, with particular focus on anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use, and other post-migration issues among adult Bhutanese refugees in Ohio; (2) to develop culturally appropriate outreach strategies and informational sessions for Bhutanese refugees based on specific barriers to health and wellness; and (3) to pursue meaningful outreach strategies to specific groups within the Bhutanese refugee population depending on where the greatest needs are demonstrated.

(Suggested Citation: Adhikari, S. B., Yotebieng, K., Acharya, J. N., & Kirsch, J. (2015). Epidemiology of Mental Health, Suicide and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Bhutanese Refugees in Ohio, 2014. Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Community Refugee and Immigration Services. Columbus, Ohio, USA.)


CRIS contributes to Kirwan’s Research on Seniors

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Read about CRIS’ Refugee Health and Wellness Program

Featured in the Church World Service (CWS) Preferred Communities monthly newsletter.

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Giving from the Heart


Each year, as late November rolls around and Thanksgiving and Christmas appear around the corner, we experience being truly thankful for all that we have received. We also have the opportunity to recognize what it means to give generously, and from the heart.

Recently I learned about one such act of generous giving.

Ray and Linda Miller first heard about the ministry of welcoming refugees during a class on Immigration and Refugees held at their church, sponsored by the United Methodist Women. They were deeply inspired by what they learned about the plight of displaced people around the world fleeing war and coming to the U.S. with so little. So, they reached out to CWS partner Community Refugee and Immigration Services, or CRIS, to see how they could help. Soon after, their church, Scioto Ridge UMC, began partnering with CRIS in refugee resettlement ministry.

As Ray and Linda began to work directly with refugees they noticed just how hard life in Columbus was without a car. In response to this Ray developed a mantra of sorts: “Our grey car would be perfect for a refugee family. I wish we could give it away.”

Read more!

We are proud to introduce Sowdo’s Story, produced by one of CRIS’s partners, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), which features CRIS staff member, Sowdo Mohamud.  Join EMM’s awareness campaign, #ShareTheJourney.

Sowdo’s Story from Episcopal Migration Ministries on Vimeo.


CRIS’ 5K Run4Refugees – April 26, 2014

CRIS thanks all of our 200+ participants, as well as our sponsors, donors, and supporters who were a part of making this year’s Run4Refugees a huge success!

We can’t wait to see you all again next year.


Bhutanese Refugees in the United States

Family Reunification