Manchester is a national refugee resettlement center, with individuals and families coming from Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Iraq, Somalia, Burundi, and many other countries. New arrivals receive cash assistance and, in most cases, are placed within jobs within the first eight months in the US. However, the process of sustainable integration requires a longer-term commitment. This is where ORIS comes in; we are a provider of continued integration services specifically targeting the newly arrived refugee and immigrant population.
ORIS’s office is located in a diverse neighborhood where many new American families reside, and ORIS cultivates relationships with all of the ethnic communities in the city. Our office is located in Oddfellows Hall, which was re-purposed by the City of Manchester to house multiple community organizations, offering a unique opportunity to conduct outreach to Manchester’s diverse communities. ORIS serves approximately 250 refugee clients per year via case management. In addition to our services and programs offered in-house, we also utilize our wide-spread community relationships and in-depth knowledge of local service providers to link refugee clients with the linguistically and culturally appropriate means to access other existing local services.