Resource Topic: Community Engagement


Community Sponsorship Manual

This Community Sponsorship Manual, created by Refugee Welcome Collective, provides knowledge and advice for community sponsors embarking on the co-sponsorship experience. Paired with knowledge from

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Refugee and newcomer families are often confronted with the daunting challenge of integrating into a new society while seeking gainful employment. This can be especially challenging for newcomers who are caregivers to young children. Service providers should familiarize themselves with high-quality child care resources to help caregivers integrate into their new communities and, crucially, enter […]

Supporting a community demands a robust support structure. Leaders of ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) particularly understand this. As defined by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an ECBO is a nonprofit primarily formed by present or past refugees to champion refugee progress. Having a community-led ECBO board can go a long way in meeting a […]

The AHLAN Manual is a dynamic document aimed at eliminating barriers to refugee resettlement and fostering inclusion by reshaping the landscape of refugee resettlement through the establishment of Resettlement Campuses. Developed by Every Campus A Refuge in collaboration with several organizations, this manual fills a crucial gap for campuses striving to cultivate a sense of […]

In the face of the U.S. housing crisis, resettlement practitioners must embrace creative solutions to housing newcomers. One such solution involves partnering with institutions of higher education to meet newcomer temporary or long-term housing needs. This resource was created by Refugee Housing Solutions and the International Rescue Committee.


This webinar is presented by Switchboard, a one-stop shop for refugee service providers in the United States. Learn more about Switchboard at Hosted on August 30, 2023 the training was delivered by Esmeralda Hoscoy, Associate Director of Support and Oversight at the Community Sponsorship Hub; Basma Alawee, Director of External Affairs at the Community […]


After the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, more than 5,000 Afghan newcomers were welcomed to Houston, Texas. For Rupani Foundation, an ethnic community-based organization (ECBO) in Houston, the evacuation posed many challenges but also presented an opportunity to engage with the families we serve in a more meaningful way. This blog post shares some of […]


This webinar is presented by Switchboard, a one-stop shop for refugee service providers in the United States. Hosted on August 21, 2023 the training was delivered by Troy Bush Di-Donato; Senior Community Engagement Officer at Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) and Neelofar Ali; Director of Programs at the Rupani Foundation As a community-based organization (CBO) that […]


It’s not easy to serve a community without a good support system. This can be especially true for leaders of ethnic community–based organizations (ECBOs). The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) defines an ECBO as “a non-profit organization that was founded and is led by a current or former refugee, or a group of current and […]