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How You Can Help Syrian Refugees


As we grapple with increasingly heartbreakingSyrian-Refugees and tragic reports of Syrian refugees dying as they seek safety in the region and in Europe, it is clear that the United States must respond with leadership.

The fact that the U.S. has only resettled 1,517 Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict is inexcusable. While resettlement is not the only solution, it is a critical way the U.S. can support countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan that are hosting millions of Syrian refugees. The United States can and should resettle at least 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year, in addition to increasing our total resettlement commitment to 100,000 refugees from other parts of the world.

Sign this petition now and demand the U.S. increase the resettlement of more Syrian refugees!

This petition is a great first step, and part of an organic, global effort of people who are refusing to remain silent as countries shut their doors or remain complacent. Already, more than 8,000 people have signed on. To require a response from President Obama, we need 100,000 signatures before September 30th.

We have seen the impact that people lifting their voices are having on the decisions of Germany and Iceland to welcome Syrian refugees. Now is our time to urge the U.S. to demonstrate leadership in responding to the global refugee crisis.

Sign the petition TODAY and get the word out!

To help us reach our goal, please share this petition with your friends and network! Below are some sample social media posts to use as you encourage your networks to sign and share the petition — please post them along with the image above to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures!

“Sign the petition to demand the U.S. do more in response to the Syrian #refugee crisis! #WelcomeWorld”

“The U.S. can do more to resettle Syrian #refugees. Sign the petition today if you agree! #WelcomeWorld

Thank you for standing with us as we demand the U.S. do more in this refugee crisis!

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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.)


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Read about CRIS’ Refugee Health and Wellness Program

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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