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Causes: Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Immigration

Mission: RRISA provides a wide spectrum of services to refugees before, during and after their arrival into the U.S. Services offered by RRISA include reception and placement; employment and employment upgrade services; citizenship classes; social adjustment services; immigration services; interpretation and translation services; emergency referral services and youth programs.

Programs: Match grant provides financial support, budgeting help, case management and employment services to newly arrived refugees with the goal of assisting refugees in achieving early self-sufficiency. As a part of this program, rrisa matches federal funds at $. 50 to the dollar with private funds, in-kind donations and volunteer hours. In fy 2014 nearly 80% of match grant program participants achieved self-sufficiency within 180 days.

the reception and placement program is used to arrange for the refugees' resettlement by ensuring that approved refugees are offered appropriate assistance during their initial resettlement in the united states. The program provides refugees with basic necessities and core services during their first 90 days of resettlement in the united states. The program also assists refugees in achieving economic self-sufficiency through employment as soon as possible after arrival in the united states by coordination with publicly sponsored refugee service and assistance programs.

the social services program is used to provide instruction and assistance to refugees' families in accessing federal, state and local funded programs and community services. These services help refugees assimilate into their new lives in the united states and encouragesself-reliance to the point where refugees can successfully handle similar situations independently.

social adjustment program, youth program, cuban haitian program and other programs

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