We work to create opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and underserved residents to achieve their goals for self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.


countries of origin represented by clients


clients served across 17 programs


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Services and Programs

Adult Education and Training

Educating and enriching lives

Alliance Language Network

Interpretation and translation services

AmeriCorps Literacy

Texas Family Literacy AmeriCorps Program

AmeriCorps VISTA

Houston Refugee VISTA Project

The Community Cloth

A microenterprise initiative empowering refugee women in Houston

Disaster Recovery Program

Post-disaster and long-term recovery support and services

Driver’s Education and Mobility Center

Increasing opportunity through mobility

Employment Services

Connecting diverse job seekers with skills and employment

Financial Opportunity Center

Helping families and individuals build stronger financial foundations

Kijana Youth Program

Academic, social, and cultural programming for youth

Legal Services Center

Legal services, assistance, and referrals for all

Refugee Services

Easing the arrival process for refugees through supportive services

Wellness Center

Professional counseling and community wellness center

SBA Microlending Program

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What does it mean
to be a refugee?

About 60 million people around the globe have been forced to leave their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. The majority have become Internally Displaced Persons, meaning they fled their homes but are still in their own countries. Others, referred to as refugees, sought shelter outside their own country. But what does that term really mean? Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman explain.

Recent News

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The administration this week proposed a historically low refugee admissions ceiling of 18,000 for Fiscal Year 2020, the lowest number in the more than 40-year history of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. The administration took a step further by issuing an executive......

  • by Tamar Farchy, AmeriCorps VISTA As the Community Engagement VISTA, I worked with the Disaster Recovery Program to build its capacity to better serve the community by coordinating resources, engaging in organizational development, and implementing systems to help the program operate more efficiently. As part......

  • Amtul and her son came to Houston as refugees from Pakistan in November 2017. When she arrived, Amtul knew nothing about U.S. laws, the healthcare system, and other essential knowledge she needed to be able to adjust to her new home. In Pakistan, she had......

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