31 Oct

It’s Partner Appreciation Month here at Confluence Year! Our Episcopal Service Corps member Nicole Hamme will be sharing all about Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) who have provided a worksite opportunity for Confluence for three years running! Be sure to check back in all week to learn more about Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) who are a member of the Episcopal Migration Ministries and partner with the Diocese of Southern Ohio!

“Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. The mission of CRIS is to help clients reach and sustain self-sufficiency while successfully integrating into the Central Ohio community.

CRIS is a unique organization with over 50 staff members that hail from more than 15 countries with many languages represented, from Nepali to Somali and everything in-between . A majority of CRIS employees have been refugees themselves and are integral members of the communities they serve.

For the 2015 fiscal year, 621 refugees were resettled through CRIS and for the 2016 fiscal year, 833 refugees were resettled. When each family arrives, our resettlement team works hard to provide housing, furniture and essential household items to each client to assure a comfortable transition into the United States. Our caseworkers walk each refugee through the integration process, helping them with tasks such as applying for social security and enrolling the children in school.

As of 2013, a Health and Wellness program was introduced at CRIS, which allows the organization to support client’s health needs. CRIS also offers job counseling for clients ready to start work in the United States, as well as English language classes to help families better navigate day-to-day in Columbus.

CRIS has everything a newly arrived refugee needs to get started in Columbus. Thanks to the help from volunteers and community partnerships, CRIS is able to carry out their mission each day!”

Please learn more by visiting the official website:


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