Refugee-Serving Organizations

Local Organizations

Abounding Service

Abounding Service teaches adult refugees English in Chandler, AZ. Refugees who learn English will connect, belong, and serve others, changing the trajectory of entire families and impacting their communities. At Abounding Service, we help refugees rebuild their lives through free English classes using computers and 1-on-1 volunteer Encouragers, changing the entire trajectory of families. For more information visit aboundingservice.org or call (480) 229-8842.

Central Christian Church

Central Christian Church raises up teams to offer co-sponsorship support for newly arrived refugee families, tutoring programs for children in Mesa and adult language learning programs. Tutoring Programs are at Guerrero Elementary School 463 S Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210. For more information email leisa.mcdonald@centralaz.com.

Friendly House

We are a multi-service organization with wide-ranging programs aimed at addressing the pressing needs of our diverse community. Our efforts have resulted in building resilient communities that are helping spur economic development, stabilize neighborhoods and revitalize our city. We started in 1920 as an Americanization Agency, a local initiative providing educational resources to refugees, has evolved into a multi-service organization with wide-ranging programs aimed at addressing the pressing needs of our diverse community such as, economic development, stabilizing neighborhoods and revitalizing our city. Our programs focus on four major pillars of service- Education, Workforce Development, Family Services and Immigration- each comprising of resources to support individual and community growth. For more information visit friendlyhouse.org or call (602) 257-1870

Gathering Humanity

We work hand-in-hand with all 4 Federal refugee resettlement agencies in Phoenix to support refugees being resettled in the Phoenix area. Gathering Humanity collects household goods for incoming refugee families and set up their apartments, provide groceries, and meals. For more information visit gatheringhumanity.org or call (928) 421-3446.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Iskashitaa is dedicated to working cooperatively together with United Nations refugees to help them better integrate into the Tucson community by creating opportunities to use their knowledge and skills. Their programs include harvesting, food preservation workshops, sewing and crafts classes, English as a Second Language classes, pool safety and swimming classes, and family mentoring.

La Frontera Arizona, Inc.

La Frontera provides innovative solutions to complex problems, we work with community partners to build a safe, strong, and healthy Arizona. La Frontera havs the resources and expertise to address issues of behavioral health, housing, family and children’s services, employment, crisis intervention, and community and cultural education.

Pima County Public Libray

Pima County Public Library recognizes, welcomes, and celebrates immigrants for their contributions to our shared success. The Library provides free and equitable access to programs and services across our organization and the community.

Somali American United Council

This non-profit organization fills a critical need in our community by helping newly arrived families adjust to their new lives, location, language and culture. The Somali -American United Council of Arizona exists to promote better understanding between the multi-ethnic refugee groups and mainstream American communities in Maricopa County. By building a structure of best practices, the Somali-American United Council of Arizona helps address cultural barriers and emotional trauma.

Tucson Refugee Ministry (TRM)

Tucson Refugee Ministry educates and mobilizes churches in Tucson to reach out to their refugee neighbors. TRM serves as a catalyst to engage church groups with newly arrived refugee families, by partnering with the resettlement agencies.
Executive Director: Cherie Gray (cherie@refugeeministry.com)

Tucson Unified School District-Refugee Services

The mission of Refugee Services is to empower students and families in their pursuit of education and a prosperous life in their new home country.Our department bridges the language barrier, cultural divide, and formal schooling differences through the use of student and family mentor specialists who know the language and culture of refugee students and families. TUSD has over 800 refugee students in 33 elementary schools, 18 middle and K-8 schools, and 11 high schools. TUSD’s refugee students represent 52 countries and speak 38 different languages. The five most common languages spoken at home are Nepalese, Arabic, Somali, Kirundi, and Swahili.

We Are All America

We Are All America works to uphold and strengthen our nation’s commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety and refuge in the United States. We Are All America organize people across religious and cultural differences to build inclusive communities where we all belong. For more information visit weareallusa.org.

Welcome to America Project

The Welcome to America Project celebrates refugees and accelerates their self-sufficiency by providing personal, meaningful welcomes upon arrival.  We share resources to enhance success – basic necessities, clothing, furniture, computers, bikes – so that refugees do not just resettle in our country, they integrate and flourish.  We create impacts that lasts lifetimes for refugees and the volunteers who serve. For more information visit wtap.org or call  (602) 490-0088.

 

Ethnic Community-Based Organizations

Africa Health New Horizons

Kigabo Mbasumutima, President and CEO | modeste.kigabo@gmail.com

Arab American Organization

Ashraf Elgamal, President and CEP | ash@aaausa.org

Arizona Karen Baptist Church

Tansy Kadoe | akbctansy@gmail.com

Saw Lah | akbcsawlah23@gmail.com

Arizona South Asians for Safe Families

Vallani Somayaji, Client Services Manager | vallaris@asafsf.org

Asian Pacific Community in Action

Layal Rabat, Empowerment & Advocacy Manager | layal@apcaaz.org

Association of Afghans in Arizona

Shahla Charoosaie, Executive Director | scharoosaie@yahoo.com

Bhutanese Community of Arizona

Som Gurung, President | gurungsomraj20@yahoo.com

Bhutanese Mutual Assistance Association of Tucson (BMAAT)

Puspa Rizal | pusparizal2013@gmail.com

Burundi-American Association for Humanity and Opportunities

Candide Mayungu , Executive Director Assistant | candymathiews@gmail.com

Deogratias Baransaka, Chairperson | dbaransaka@cox.net

Congolese Community of Arizona

Patrick Masoya, Executive Director | pmasoya@gmail.com

Democratic Republic of Congo Community of Arizona

Martin Mufuka | martinassumani@yahoo.co.uk

Petronille Kwete | chantale.kabanga@gmail.com

DR Congo Community

Joyce Kapinga | kapingajoyce@yahoo.com

Ezidi North American Federation

Salem Daoud, Director | sdaoud58@gmail.com

Haitian American Center for Social Development

Rodney Montreuil | mym226@aol.com

Horizons for Refugee Families

Abdi Abdi, Executive Director | abditucson@gmail.com

Iraqi Community Association

Safaa Alsharbati, President | safaa.alsharbati@airsaz.org

Karen Culture Organization of Arizona

Layah Htwe | layahh@yahoo.com

Liberian Organization of Arizona

Henrietta Anderson, President | henrieanderson6@gmail.com

Multipurpose LLC (Rwanda)

Jean Claude Habineza, President | claudehealthcare@gmail.com

Myanmar/Burmese Community Volunteer

Adrian Myint | ayemyintaz@gmail.com

New Empowerment for Refugees

Etienne Ahayo, Founder | etienne.ahayo@gmail.com

Sproul Tiffani, Board Member | sproulfive@gmail.com

New Syrian Human

Jamil Shahin | j.shahin@newsyrianhuman.org

Samah Alhabal | alhabalmoon@yahoo.com

Jude Ash | jude2ash@newsyrianhuman.org

Ogoni Community of Arizona

Sumene Kaborloomene, Secretary General | suggi4real@gmail.com

Ramah Full Gospel Church

Hypolite Kayenda, Pastor | bamea31@msn.com

RICE

Jabir Algarawi | algarawi@cox.net

RISE

Chloe Rutledge | cgrutled@asu.edu

Somali American United Council of Arizona

Mohamed Ali Abukar, Founder and President | m.abukar@cox.net

Somali Association of Arizona

Muktar Sheikh, Director | somaliassociationofaz@gmail.com

Somali Bantu United Association of Greater Phoenix

Adan Ahmed, Executive Director | adansahmed@yahoo.com

The Togolese Community

Anani L. | ananiketoglo@msn.com

Togolese Novissi Group

Arlette, Volunteer Coordinator | arlygom@yahoo.fr

Tusambe Association

Makyambe Mwinde, Secretary | tusambega.secretary@gmail.com

Vietnamese Volunteers of Arizona

Nga Bui, Executive Director | dan.bui@maricopa.gov

 

Resettlement Agencies

Arizona Immigrant and Refugee Services (AIRS)

AIRS programs provide recently arrived refugees and legal immigrants with housing, food, clothing, translation as needed, English language instruction, job training, employment assistance, immigration services, referrals and other services. For more information visit www.airsaz.org or call (602) 944-1821.

Catholic Charities Community Services

Catholic Charities Community Services, a national leader in the effective, compassionate resettlement of thousands of refugees, provides a welcoming and supportive network to help those new to our country quickly gain independence and become productive members of their new community. For more information visit catholiccharitiesaz.org/all-locations/refugee-resettlement or call (602) 997-6105.

Catholic Community Services of the Southwest (CCS)

Migration and Refugee Services of Catholic Social Service provides resettlement services for refugees as defined by Section 101 (a) (42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It is an affiliate of the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB-MRS). Catholic Social Service/Migration and Refugee Services is a client-centered program that assists refugees to become self-sufficient. The program provides an array of services that include, but are not limited to, housing assistance, transportation, short-term financial aid, English classes, employment services, referral services, cultural and community orientations, interpretation and translation services. The program provides intensive case management and employment services and trainings that include prep-cook class, CNA class, housekeeping class, and on-site employment skills training.

International Rescue Committee of Arizona (IRC)

IRC of Arizona offers a range of services to refugees throughout Arizona, including job training, financial education, behavioral health, refugee well-being, immigration assistance and citizenship classes. For more information about the IRC in Arizona, visit www.rescue.org/united-states/tucson-az or www.rescue.org/united-states/phoenix-az , call (520) 319-2128 in Tucson or (602) 433-2440 in Phoenix.

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and Episcopal Migration Ministries assists newly arriving refugees through resettlement and placement services which include welcoming refugees, housing support, orientation trainings and case management. LSS provides extended case management, adjustment services and employment services through the Match Grant Program and State Refugee Services contracts. LSS is dedicated to assisting refugees in adjusting to life in the United States and to being productive community members. LSS is BIA accredited and can assist with immigration services such as adjustment of status and citizenship applications. Visit www.lss-sw.org for information or call (480) 396-3795 in Phoenix and (520) 748-2300 in Tucson.

 

State Agencies

Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program

The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) supports and advances successful refugee resettlement through the coordination of public and private resources that best enable refugees and other eligible beneficiaries to be firmly established on the path to success and well being. Their website includes information about resettlement, programs, events, and resource materials.

 

National Agencies

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States’ population and migration policies.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) provides national technical assistance to organizations serving refugees and immigrants so that all newcomer children and youth can reach their potential. Their site is a valuable source of information on child welfare, schools, family strengthening, youth development, and promising practices. It has an extensive clearinghouse.

RefAid

The RefAid mobile app shows migrants, refugees and those who help them where services near them – on a map with a very simple interface. A web based content management and communication system allows trusted aid organizations to manage and update their services and to get their critical aid to where it is most urgently needed.