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 nine countries and are fluent in sixteen languages. The power of ORIS lies in its cultural understanding, linguistic expertise, and first-hand knowledge of the immigrant experience.
In 2019, ORIS and New American Africans merged, expanding ORIS’s footprint from Manchester into Concord, NH. New American Africans operated in the Concord area from 2004-2019 with a mission to give newcomers the support and resources they needed to succeed in their new home. Staff and Board members from New American Africans joined the ORIS team. Together, ORIS is reaching more new Americans from more countries across New Hampshire.
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