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During the holy month of Ramadan, many Muslims fast—that is, refrain from eating or drinking—from sunrise until sundown. This year, Ramadan occurs from March 11 to April 10, 2024.  But many newly arrived Muslims are still learning to navigate the food resources available to them, and some are living in temporary accommodation with limited cooking appliances, […]

This toolkit, developed by the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM), the Center for Adjustment, Resilience, and Recovery (CARRE), and the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) is designed to help service providers and organizations better understand the principles and practices of Cultural Validation and Translation Review. It also includes templates, tips, and […]

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This  course, developed by AMSSA, provides an in-depth exploration of critical issues faced by LGBTQ2I+ newcomers. Learners will understand the unique issues LGBTQ newcomers face and gain insight on promising practices for serving this community.

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.

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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 […]

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This August marks the two-year anniversary of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. During this two-year period, the United States has welcomed over 90,000 Afghan evacuees through Operation Allies Welcome. Since 2021, resettlement agencies, state agencies, and community-based organizations have worked tirelessly to support Afghan newcomers’ integration into local communities. As the process of […]

This backgrounder contains historical, political, and cultural information intended to cultivate a general understanding of Rohingya arriving in the U.S. through the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) produced this backgrounder to aid U.S. Resettlement Agencies (RAs) and their local affiliates to provide culturally appropriate Cultural Orientation (CO) and other services […]

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Hosted on July 18, 2023 the training was delivered by Rob Callus, Training Officer; Switchboard. In resettlement services, multilingual community members often serve as interpreters and translators. However, community members working in these roles sometimes lack the necessary skills and training. Paid certification programs can often be out of reach, leaving refugee service providers with […]

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In this blog, Salome Mwangi, the former coordinator of the Refugee Speakers Bureau at the Idaho Office for Refugees and a former refugee from Kenya, worked with Rob Callus from Switchboard to share her insights on storytelling about the refugee experience. Some of the stories shared here may be difficult to read, so please keep […]

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This webinar is presented by Switchboard, a one-stop shop for refugee service providers in the United States. Learn more about Switchboard at www.SwitchboardTA.org. Hosted on June 28, 2023, the training was delivered by Regan Hill, Senior Community Orientation Coordinator for the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE); Oleksandr Kostenko, one of the contributors to the CORE […]