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Hosted on June 25, 2024, the training was delivered by Rob Callus, Switchboard Training Officer; Max Niedzwiecki, consultant for the Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) Rainbow Initiative, visiting scholar at Clark University, and an anthropologist; Anita Fábos, PhD, anthropologist; Al Green, Ministry Director of the LGBT Asylum Task Force at Hadwen Park Congregational Church, UCC, and […]

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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, […]

Cultural navigators can make impactful advancements in community health through a deep understanding of cultural intricacies. The Center of Excellence for Newcomer Health in Colorado (COE-CO) launched a Cultural Navigation Toolkit designed for public health teams, community health workers, and external partners. The toolkit offers resources to cultivate partnerships with communities, training for cultural navigators, […]

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 […]

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 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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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 […]

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Connecting to faith, spirituality, and sacred spaces may be an important factor for Afghan newcomers settling into communities across the country. Faith-based supports can decrease social isolation, create a sense of belonging, and help newcomers heal from trauma. This panel discussion will explore how faith-based practices can help Afghan Muslims cope with the impacts of trauma and resettlement stressors, as well as support their transitions into their new communities.

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Refugees and other newcomers come to the U.S. for a variety of reasons. One common reason is a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of their religion. Newcomers’ desire to practice their own religion is often tested further when arriving in communities where they may face proselytism: an often unethical form of evangelism that uses objectionable methods to convert people of one faith or no faith to another.

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Faith can help many religious people cope with stress, maintain mental health, and achieve personal goals. For Afghan Muslim newcomers to the United States, faith and healing are often closely linked. Supporting faith-based practices is one important way that service providers can help meet the mental health needs of Afghan Muslim clients.