Education and Outreach for Host Communities

Refugees succeed in New Hampshire thanks to welcoming host communities. At ORIS, we believe that a thriving New Hampshire is one where long-term residents and newcomers work and live together as neighbors, colleagues and friends.

Is your club, class, organization, or religious group interested in learning about refugee resettlement in NH? ORIS provides interactive lectures and discussions which can educate you on this important issue. Presentations include personal stories from staff members who have experienced resettlement themselves. Please contact or call (603) 296-0443 for more information or to schedule a presentation.







Community Workshops

As an ethnic community-based organization, ORIS is ideally positioned to understand our refugee clients’ needs. Our Outreach Coordinators work with clients to identify relevant and timely issues and concerns within their communities, and deliver participatory, educational workshops in order to address them. Past workshop topics have included: the process for becoming a U.S. citizen; the purpose and proper use of social security numbers; and financial literacy skill-building. Additional workshops have been conducted in partnership with outside institutions, covering topics such as the risks of lead poisoning, with a speaker from the NH Department of Health, and domestic violence awareness, with a speaker from the Manchester Police Department.

If you are a trainer wishing to offer a workshop or skill-based training to ORIS’s clients, please contact the office at (603) 296-0443.

Training & Special Events


Employer Appreciation Day, September 2015. ORIS, Ascentria Care Alliance, Easter Seals, the United Way, the International Institute and others come together to thank area employers for working with the community.

ORIS is located at 434 Lake, Ave. in Manchester, NH, which is home to the historic Odd Fellows Hall on the corner of Hall and Lake Avenue.  This beautifully restored building hosts a historic 4th floor function hall. This space is ideal for larger trainings and community events. Past events have included Poetry Jams for our youth programs, a Women’s Tea, bringing together diverse refugee women to socialize and share their experiences; a training hosted in partnership with The National Immigrant Farming Initiative on “Interpreting for Social Justice,”, Employer Appreciation Days involving our community partners, farmer trainings, community presentations, board meetings and much more.

If you are interested in hosting an event in partnership with ORIS, please contact the office at (603) 296-0443.