Community Orientation Program for Newly Resettled Refugees

In 2011,  I worked to improve upon and develop a community orientation (often referred to as a cultural orientation) program for newly arrived refugees in the Capital Region of New York in and near Albany, NY at a refugee resettlement agency called the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Most refugees coming to Albany for the last several years have been from three countries: Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan. There are additional refugee populations from Sudan, Congo, Eritrea, Russia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

The program developed into a six-session weekly series covering the following topics: Living in Your Home; Safety: Rights and Responsibilities; Health and Healthcare; Financial Literacy; Immigration and Community Services; and Living in the USA and Schooling. Each session featured at least one community member from an organization who delivers at least part of the session. Below is a link to a pdf of the guidebook:

USCRI-Albany Community Orientation Guidebook.pdf


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