Organizations Working with Refugees


Resettlement agencies receive direct funding to help them resettle refugees. Further information about programs and volunteer opportunities can be found on each organization’s website. Resettlement agencies receive direct funding from the government to help them resettle refugees. A short summary of each agency's work will be included. Further information about programs and volunteer opportunities can be found on each organization's website.

Catholic Charities Refugee Settlement Services

Catholic Charities has been resettling refugees since the 1940s and has settled over 10,000 people in Oregon. They help refugees secure safe housing, furnishings, food and clothes. They refer refugees to agencies providing social security cards, cash assistance, food stamps, medical screenings and heart care, ESL and job training. They provide cultural orientation and case management support. YouTube

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has resettled tens of thousands of refugees since 1979. An important program that they operate is SOAR (Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees). SOAR is an affiliate of Church World Service and resettles hundreds of refugees a year. SOAR links sponsors—congregations, friends or community organizations—with refugees before they arrive in the United States, and helps sponsors welcome and assist the refugees in their adjustment to a new life in the Portland metro area.

SOAR offers: sponsorship development and training, immigration and political asylum counseling,  advocacy, community and global education, translation and interpretation services, cultural orientation, English tutoring. SOAR Immigration Legal Services provides culturally competent, immigration-related legal representation and education to low income refugees and immigrants in and around the Portland metropolitan area. | YouTube

IRCO empowers refugees to become self sufficient. They do this by providing more than 150 culturally and linguistically specific social services, from employment, vocational training and English language learning, to community development, early childhood and parenting education, youth academic support and gang prevention. YouTube

Multicultural Community Services (MCS), a program of LCSNW (Lutheran Community Services North West), is contracted with the U.S. Department of State to help refugees rebuild their homes and their lives. Since 1975, MCS has resettled over 35,000 refugees from all over the world, helping them become self sufficient and integrated into the culture and community of Washington and Multnomah County. YouTube


Africa Family Holistic Health Organization (AFHHO)

1515 SE 122nd Ave, Portland OR 97233 | Facebook
Created in 2014 in part by Portland's Swahili-speaking, community health workers (CHW) seeking to build on their strengths to improve their communities health through peer health education, increased access to health resources, and connecting community members with Portland health providers to create positive change. These CHWs had experienced life as refugees or immigrants and now represent Multnomah County residents from Burundi, Democratic republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda - members of our community whose heath concerns must be addressed.

Africa House (IRCO)

631 NE 102nd, Portland, OR 97230
Provides a "one-stop" family-focused service center with the goal of raising visibility of the African community, highlighting community achievements, and helping the community and families achieve self sufficiency and self determination.

African Youth Community Organization (AYCO)

1390 SE 122nd Ave, Ste UE, Portand, OR 97233 | 971-254-8916
AYCO focuses on empowering young members of the African immigrant and refugee community to become tomorrow's leaders. The AYCO Center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9-5pm. The center is a one-stop-shop, offering a place for new refugees and immigrants to access various services that meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of this community, including ethnic and gender support, professional social services, and community-based services.

Asian Family Center (IRCO)

8040 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97213 | 503-235-9396 | Sophorn Cheang
Culturally specific services include the following: early childhood, family engagement, youth academic support, gang prevention & intervention, community engagement & leadership development, poverty reduction, housing & utilities resources, health outreach & education.

Asian Health & Service Center

locations in southeast and downtown Portland as well as in Beaverton | Facebook
The Asian Health & Service Center exists to be "the bridge between Asian and American cultures and build a harmonious community." They work towards this end by reducing health inequity and improving health care for all Asians in the community.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

2788 SE 82nd Avenue, Ste 203, Portland, OR 97216 | Phone: 971-340-4861 | @APANONews | YouTube
The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. APANO uses their collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.

Butterfly Boxes

Butterfly Boxes provides each member of a family a welcome bag, given to them at the airport when they arrive. These bags are filled with basic necessities like toiletries and towels, comfort items like stuffed animals and organizational tools to help them settle into Portland. They also host monthly community potlucks.

Center for Africa Immigrants & Refugees Organization (CAIRO)

CAIRO is the sole advocacy group of its kind in Oregon for and by African immigrants. It engages, educates and empowers the over 30,000 Oregon African immigrants and refugees. It works with African immigrant and refugee communities to inspire hope so they rise above the circumstances that marginalize them. In 2017 they launched the CAIRO Academy with their first preschool class. 

Ethiopian and Eritrean Cultural and Resource Center (EECRC)

1441 SE 122nd Ave #H, Portland, OR 97233 (physical) | 11954 NE Glisan St. PMB 501 Portland OR 97220 (mailing) | 503 462 9806
EECRC is a nonprofit organization established by volunteers to provide culturally specific services to Ethiopian, Eritrean refugee and immigrant in Oregon. Their mission is to “refer, connect, provide direct service and advocate for successful integration, and offer access to helpful resources that enable our community to succeed and thrive.” They provide projects including community gardening, community health, youth mentorship, business training and more.


Main Office: 410 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232 | Rockwood Office: 312 SE 165th Portland, OR 97233 Phone: (503) 283-6881 Latino Network mission is “To positively transform the lives of Latino youth, families, and communities.” We are a Latino-led education organization, grounded in culturally-specific practices and services, that lifts up youth and families to reach their full potential.  Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families.

MultCo Global

Maintains a comprehensive directory of culturally specific nonprofits and faith based organizations and government programs that serve immigrants and refugees in the Portland Area. was formed to encourage us to support through our finances the quality and services being provided by immigrants and refugees. encourages the community to highlight services and establishments by going to these places, gathering information, taking pictures and the having these posted on the website. They has extensive postings of restaurants of different national cuisines. also integrates with The ESL Cafe which allows English learners to connect with Portlanders in a conversational manner while improving their language skills.

PDX Friends of Refugees

PO Box 1512, Beaverton, OR 97075 |
Friends of Refugees started in 2010 in response to the influx of Middle-eastern refugees coming to Portland. Serving through relationship, they come alongside new arrivals and help them navigate their new lives in the City of Roses. In partnership with local churches, they assist with furnishing apartments, getting kids registered in schools, starting businesses, cultural mentoring, teaching English, driving and citizenship classes, and more.


Patrik McDade, Program Director | 503-522-1589 | People-Places-Things exists to provide intercultural communication services to the emerging America that embraces its multiethnic, multilingual identity. Our vision is living in integrated communities which nurture their language and cultural diversity. People-Places-Things aims to solve this problem of ESOL by providing quality language and culture practice experiences for language learners, and by training people to be interculturalists. They provide intercultural communication services to more than 1000 refugees and immigrants every year throughout Greater Portland, by teaching dominant culture folks how to respectfully support and accompany newcomers.

Portland Meet Portland

1320 SE 122nd Ave | 303-671-7999, 503-894-8619 | Manuel Padilla, Executive Director,
PMP welcomes immigrants and refugees, and engages in diverse cultures. PMP enriches the community through mutually beneficial mentoring opportunities and dialogue that promotes cross cultural learning, enhances work skills and builds trust.

Portland Refugee Support Group

Since being founded in August of 2016, PRSG has grown by leaps and bounds. Currently, a team of 200 volunteers helps close to 50 refugee families (180+ family members) throughout the Portland, Oregon area. PRSG offers support services to refugees who come through the major resettlement agencies. YouTube

Refugee Care Collective

10160 SW Nimbus Avenue, Suite F3, Tigard OR 97223
This non-profit helps newly arriving refugee families with necessities for their homes, social and family mentorship, and English language learning in partnership with resettlement agencies and social service agencies. They also provide welcome kits for new arrivals.

USA Hello

2420 NE Sandy Boulevard, Suite 102 Portland, OR 97232 | 503-468-5474  | | YouTube
This is an incredible resource for refugees. The refugee can select the language from the 45 options he/she wants to read the material in. Online GED and Citizenship classes are offered. The refugee can find out about resources in their community and life in America. They are able to get advice and read stories by other refugees and immigrants. Extensive coaching is given about how to find a job, how to apply to college, the best websites to learn English, how to learn to drive, etc. The Refugee Center Online also has resources for volunteers including a 2-hour training for new volunteers.

Refugee & Immigrant Hospitality Organization (RIHO)

16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233  | 503-730-6079 |
RIHO opened The Welcome Center, an inclusive and supportive place where refugees and immigrants can connect with one another and learn how to access community resources and where the general public can become an integral part of welcoming newcomers. The Welcome Center is in the heart of the refugee and immigrant neighborhoods of outer East Portland/Gresham. Current programs include the following: adult ESL classes, kid's homework club, donation center (free household goods and furniture), community events, community resources & services.

Refugee and Immigration Services and Empowerment (RISE)

1020 SW Taylor Suite 500, Portland, OR 97205 | 971-270-0755
Cheryl Coon, Executive Director,
Formerly known as Refugee Disability Benefits of Oregon, RISE's attorneys work with refugee and immigrant families and their health care providers, case managers and counselors to obtain disability benefits, including application. RISE also works with disabled refugees and their family members to empower them to deal with bureaucracies and to find culturally responsive healthcare providers and vocational counselors/job developers.

Rosewood Initiative

Rosewood is a neighborhood space where you can help the community as you improve yourself. Neighbors come here to interact with one another, work on projects and feel safe. Rosewood builds capacity in the neighborhood by helping people learn useful skills and by connecting friends, partners and resources. Need access to a computer, assistance setting up e-mails, creating resumes, applying for jobs and signing up for health care and other resources? Computer Lab hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5:30 pm. Check Calendar on website for events such as free legal support, tax preparation, job fairs, etc.

Russian Oregon Social Services

7913 NE Halsey St. Suite 304, Portland, OR 97213 | 503-777-3437, fax 503-777-6545 |
Supporting the Russian-speaking population. ROSS was established by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) in 1994 to serve the needs of Russian-speaking refugees and immigrants. Services include the following: domestic violence & sexual assault services, community orientation and cross-cultural education, English (ESL) classes and tutoring, culturally appropriate health education, information & referrals, assistance obtaining emergency dental services.

Salem for Refugees | 503-714-1339
Salem for Refugees, a volunteer organization started in 2016, has become a key player in settling refugees in the Salem community. The group works with resettlement agencies Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Catholic Charities.

Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO)

1511 SE 122nd Ave, Portland OR 97233 | Facebook
SACOO aspires to become the umbrella organization for Somali organizations in Oregon as well as a capacity-building think-tank for all matters pertaining to the representation of, or communication with, the Somali community.

UNITE Oregon

Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, UNITE Oregon works across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.

VOZ MLK Workers Center

240 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232. | (503) 234-2043 Voz is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity. 

World Oregon

1207 SW Broadway, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97205 | 503.306.5252 |
The mission of World Oregon is to broaden and deepen public awareness and understanding of international affairs, engaging Oregonians with the world and with each other. World Oregon seeks to cultivate global citizens, creating bridge-building experiences for youths and adults.

Faith-Based (International)

Islamic Social Services of Oregon State (ISOS)

Islamic Social Services of Oregon State (ISOS) is a 501(c)3 social service charitable organization. ISOS strives to be a trusted organization practicing Islamic values when rendering services to people in need of assistance through trying times.

Muslim Educational Trust (MET)

10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, Oregon 97223
MET's mission is to enrich the public's understanding of Islam and to dispel common myths and stereotypes, while serving the Muslim community's educational, social and spiritual needs.

Refugee Highway Partnership
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has a longstanding commitment to welcoming and assisting refugees which has been significantly through the work of the Refugee Highway Partnership.

Refugee Highway Partnership North America

RHPNA is a network of Christian ministries, organizations, churches, and individuals from across U.S. and Canada who work with refugees.

Government Agencies in Oregon

Oregon Department of Human Services

Refugee Services/ Multnomah County

MultCo Global maintains a directory of non-profits, faith groups and government programs that serve immigrants and refugees in the Portland Metro area.

The 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. On this website you can find such things as the information on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, Admissions data base, FAQ and statistics.


Climate & Migration Coalition

The mission of the Climate & Migration Coalition is to protect the people who move due to the impact of climate change. They are concerned with the rights and welfare of anyone who moves due to the impact of climate change. They fight for humane and empowering policies to protect people who move, and for public acceptance and support.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Visitors address: 17 Route des Morillons, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
Mailing address:
 17 Route des Morillons, P.O. Box 17, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland
+41.22.717.9111, +41.22.798.6150

IOM is committed to the principal that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: 1) assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, 2) advance understanding of migration issues, 3) encourage social and economic development through migration, 4) uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

International Rescue Committee

International Headquarters, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168-1289 | 212-551-3000, fax 212-551-3179
IRC's 191 field offices in over 30 crisis-torn countries are helping communities to survive conflict and rebuild and recover from war and natural disaster. From health care to education to protection for women and girls, the IRC is there. The IRC also works in 29 cities in the United States, helping newly arrived refugees adjust to life in America and make a contribution to their new country. Hours: 9AM-6PM Mon-Fri.

Mercy Corps

Global Headquarters, 45 SW Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97204 | 800-292-3355, 503-896-5000
When disaster strikes, economies collapse or conflict erupts, Mercy Corps is there to help people survive and get back on their feet. Mercy Corps is currently working in 38 countries. Their areas of focus are Agriculture, Children and Youth, Conflict Management, Disaster Preparedness, Economic Opportunity, Education, Emergency Response, Environment, Food Security, Health, Innovation, Partnerships, Water, and Women & Gender.

Refunite: Connecting Families

Refugees United Foundation USA, 155 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104|
REFUNITE is a non-profit organization established by two Danish brothers, David and Christopher Mikkelsen with the stated mission to "help refugees and internally displaced persons search for their missing loved ones." REFUNITE (Refugees United) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to provide refugee families that have lost contact with each other during escape from conflict with an anonymous platform to reconnect. Their mission, " Everyone has the right to know where their family is."

The UN Refugee Agency

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Case Postale 2500, CH-1211 Geneve 2 Depot, Suisse | 
+41 22 739 8111, fax +41 22 739 7377

UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. Sixty eight years later, they continue to protect and assist refugees around the world. They currently operate in 130 countries around the world. They assist in the following areas: Advocacy, Cash-Based Interventions, Education, Environment, Disasters & Climate change, Livelihoods, Public Health, Shelter, Towards a global compact on refugees, Asylum & Migration, Coordinating Assistance, Ending Statelessness, Innovation, Protection, Safeguarding individuals and Solutions.


Cultural Orientation Resource Center

4646 40th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
Has a variety resources including orientation videos or refugees in their languages.

National Resettlement Agencies

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