What We Do
We offer core services to newly-arriving refugee families and individuals directly assigned to our agency for resettlement. Services include, but are not limited to:
- Secure decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Provide basic necessities including household items, toiletries, food, appropriate seasonal clothing, furniture and beds for all family members.
- Receive refugees at the airport upon arrival. Provide a ready-to-eat, culturally appropriate meal. Visit the newly-arrived family or individual’s home within 24 hours of arrival.
- Apply for social security cards. Conduct an intake interview including a housing and safety orientation and general health education.
- Apply for public assistance through the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services.
- Ensure that every refugee has a health screening. Enroll school-aged children in school. Provide a cultural orientation. Conduct a second home visit.
- And more!
Clients served by the CRIS Resettlement Program are allocated to our agency by Church World Service (CWS) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), two of the 9 national voluntary agencies that contract with the US Department of State. All refugees go through a rigorous screening process including interviews by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Resettlement Support Center (RSC), and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to determine a well-founded fear of persecution.
You can learn more about this process here! Refugees who are arriving through this process are eligible for CRIS’ Resettlement Program.