Aid in the resettlement of refugee and immigrants in New Hampshire by providing assistance, training, resources, and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency.
The Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA) formed in 2005 by a group of Somali Bantu refugees living in New England. The group was funded by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement and assisted refugees to integrate into American culture. In 2011, SBCA reformed in New Hampshire as the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The original mission expanded, and the staff and board diversified. Today, our staff and board represent seven countries and are fluent in thirteen languages. The power of ORIS lies in its cultural understanding, linguistic expertise, and first-hand knowledge of the immigrant experience.
About Refugee Resettlement:
Manchester and Concord are areas of national refugee resettlement, with individuals and families arriving from Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Iraq, Somalia, Burundi, and many other countries. New arrivals receive short-term cash assistance and, in most cases, are placed within jobs within the first eight months in the USA. However, the process of sustainable integration requires a long-term commitment and a complex understanding of the economic, social, cultural and linguistic challenges of creating a home in a new country. This is where ORIS comes in as a provider of continued integration services and a bridge to economic opportunity.
ORIS’s office is located in a diverse neighborhood where many new American families reside, and ORIS cultivates relationships with all of the ethnic communities in the city. Our office is located in Oddfellows Hall, which was re-purposed by the City of Manchester to house multiple community organizations, offering a unique opportunity to conduct outreach to Manchester’s diverse communities.