History & Mission

Mission Statement

The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) is an ethnic community-based organization. Our mission is to aid in the resettlement of refugee and immigrant groups in the state of New Hampshire by providing assistance, training, resources, and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency. Over the past five years, ORIS has developed the resources and capabilities to foster the self-sufficiency and integration of new Americans, including the development of an experienced, multinational, and multilingual staff and consultant team.

History of ORIS

The Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA) was a non-profit organization formed in 2005 by a group of Somali Bantu refugees living in the United States. The group, which was funded by the US Department of Refugee Resettlement, assisted refugees in integrating into American culture. In 2011, SBCA reformed as the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, expanding the original mission, as well as increasing and diversifying the staff and board members. Today, our ten-person staff represents six countries and speaks twenty languages.

Our board members, staff, volunteers, and partners have considerable experience helping refugees succeed, and we are ideally positioned to make a difference. The expertise and tremendous value of the organization lies in its unique knowledge, both culturally and linguistically, of the populations we serve.

ORIS identifies income opportunities that honor refugees’ skills and experiences and develops programs that allow refugees to utilize and increase their skills. Many refugees have unique agricultural experiences. In 2008, ORIS initiated the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) and has assisted over thirty refugees to start farm businesses. In 2012, we launched our first program for refugee and immigrant youth, the Farm and Food Leaders Internship. This year, we have added an addition youth program, the Computers and Communications Internship. Our case management services are continuing to expand in terms of both the services that we offer and numbers of clients with whom we work.