Ethnic Community Self-Help

Publication Date: September 27, 2012

The published ORR’s standing announcement for the Preferred Communities, Ethnic Self-Help and Supplemental Services for Newly Arriving Refugees programs has expired and new program standing announcements are currently being revised and are in the clearance process. We anticipate the new announcements will be made in the next few months.

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Program Goal

The objective of this program is to support ethnic community based organizations in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

General Background

Throughout the history of the United States the involvement of refugees and refugee community based organizations in refugee resettlement has been critical to refugee integration. Today, these organizations continue to enhance the provision and effectiveness of services available to refugees. They allow the refugee experience to flow into refugee resettlement plans and decisions. For refugees, their active participation in resettlement is generally empowering and plays an important role in the integration of the entire refugee community.

Program Description

This program provides assistance to refugee community based organizations and other groups that address community building, facilitate cultural adjustment and integration of refugees, and deliver mutually supportive functions such as information exchange, civic participation, resource enhancement, orientation and support to newly arriving refugees (and other refugees that maybe in need of such assistance regardless of their resettlement date) and public education to the larger community on the background, needs and potential of refugees. In short, the purpose is to promote community organizing that builds bridges between newcomer refugee communities and community resources.

Eligible Applicants

All U.S. based governmental and certified non-profit organizations

Target Population

All ORR eligible populations

Annual Report for FY 2011 (doc 19kb)

Current Grantees

Active Grantees (09/30/2011)

ETHNIC Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities  Tucson AZ 9/29/2014 $100,000 Erina Delic 4224 E. Grant Road
Tucson, AZ  85712
ETHNIC Karen Foundation of San Diego San Diego CA 9/29/2014 $114,930 Nao Kabashima 9085 Judicial Drive #2401
San Diego, CA 92122
ETHNIC Colorado African Organization Denver CO 9/29/2014 $197,308 Kit Taintor 6795 E. Tennessee Ave., Suite 250
Denver, CO 80224 
ETHNIC Haitian Neighborhood Center Sant La Miami FL 9/29/2014 $125,000 Gepsie Metellus Biscayne Blvd, Suite 110
Miami, FL 33137
ETHNIC Refugee Family Services Stone Mountain GA 9/29/2014 $175,000 Emily Pelton 5561-H Memorial Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
404-299-6217 x212
ETHNIC Iraqi Mutual Aid Society Chicago IL 9/29/2014 $120,000 Claire Rann 6328 N. Clark St, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60660
ETHNIC Burmese Advocacy Center Corporation Fort Wayne IN 9/29/2014 $125,000 Minn Nan Tin 2826 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
260-456-8969 x315
ETHNIC Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services  Dearborn MI 9/29/2014 $175,000 Abdallah Boumediene 2651 Saulino Court
Dearborn, MI 48120
ETHNIC Nashville International Center for Empowerment Nashville TN 9/29/2014 $175,000 Gatluak Thach Nolensville Pike, Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37211
ETHNIC African Social and Immigrant Services Euless TX 9/29/2014 $150,000 Laurent Okuma 1001 W. Euless Blvd., Suite 211A
Euless, TX 76040
ETHNIC Organization of Bhutanese Society Dallas Fort Worth Dallas TX 9/29/2014 $130,000 Dilli Sharma Chimney Hill Lane, Apt. 2096
Dallas, TX 75243
ETHNIC Somali Bantu Community of Greater Houston (SBCGH) Houston TX 9/29/2014 $150,000 Omar Osman 6440 Hillcroft
Houston, TX 77081
ETHNIC Ethiopian Development Council Arlington VA 9/29/2014 $175,000 Allene Wright 901 S. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22204
703-685-0510 x204
ETHNIC Ukrainian Community Center of Washington Renton WA 9/29/2014 $125,000 Oleg Pynda 221 Hardie Ave. NW
Renton, WA 98057
ETHNIC Chaldean and Middle Eastern Social Services El Cajon CA 9/29/2013 $200,000 Zina Asmar-Salem 343 E. Main Street, Suite 210
EL Cajon, CA 92020
ETHNIC East African Community of Orange County  Anaheim CA 9/29/2013 $121,565 Ibrahim Hussein 2323 W. Lincoln Avenue # 205
Anaheim, CA 92801
ETHNIC East Bay Agency for Children Oakland CA 9/29/2013 $100,000 Claudia Vierra-Allen 303 Van Buren Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
510-268-3770 x117
ETHNIC Union of Pan Asian Communities Visit disclaimer page San Diego CA 9/29/2013 $200,000 Margaret Iwanaga-Penrose 1031 25th Street
San Diego, CA 92102
619- 232-6454 
ETHNIC Pan African Association Visit disclaimer page Chicago IL 9/29/2013 $177,555 A. Patrick Augustin 6163 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
ETHNIC Minnesota African Women's Association, Inc. Visit disclaimer page Minneapolis MN 9/29/2013 $150,000 Melissa Nambangi 3300 County Road (Bass Lake Road), Suite 510
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
ETHNIC Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment St. Paul MN 9/29/2013 $200,000 Wilhelmina Holder  570 Asbury Street, Suite 20
St. Paul, MN 55104
ETHNIC Somali Family Care Network Fairfax VA 9/29/2013 $200,000 Raqiya Abdallah 12814 Dogwood Hills Lane
Fairfax, VA 22033
ETHNIC Nonprofit Assistance Center Visit disclaimer page Seattle  WA 9/29/2013 $150,000 Vicki Asakura 1618 South Lane Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98144
206-324-5850 x12
ETHNIC Somali Bantu Association of Tucson Arizona Tucson AZ 9/29/2012 $197,688 Abdi Abdi 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., #12,
Tucson, AZ 85712
ETHNIC Horn of Africa Community in North America Visit disclaimer page San Diego CA 9/29/2012 $135,000 Abdi Mohamoud 5296 University Ave., Suite F
San Diego, CA 92105
ETHNIC Lao Family Community Development, Inc. Oakland CA 9/29/2012 $198,154 Chaosarn Chao 2325 E 12th Street
Oakland, CA 94601
510- 533-8850
ETHNIC Colorado African Organization Denver CO 9/29/2012 $150,000 Kit Taintor 6795 E. Tennessee Ave., Suite 250
Denver, CO 80224 
ETHNIC Pan African Association Visit disclaimer page Chicago IL 9/29/2012 $150,000 A. Patrick Augustin 6163 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
ETHNIC Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc. Visit disclaimer page Louisville KY 9/29/2012 $196,267 Becky Jordan 2911 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY
ETHNIC Karen Organization of Minnesota Visit disclaimer page St. Paul MN 9/29/2012 $169,000 Chong Vang 1394 Jackson St., Ste. 324
St. Paul, MN 55117
651-788-7593 x306
ETHNIC Asian Community and Cultural Center Visit disclaimer page Lincoln NE 9/29/2012 $125,000 Miranda Ducey 2631 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
ETHNIC Southern New Hampshire Services Visit disclaimer page Manchester NH 9/29/2012 $118,420 Greg Schneider P.O. Box 5040
Manchester, NH 03103
603- 668-8010 x6026
ETHNIC Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, Inc. Visit disclaimer page Utica NY 9/29/2012 $79,226 Peter Vogelaar 309 Genesee St.
Utica, NY 13501
315-738-1083 x103
ETHNIC Sauti Yetu New York NY 9/29/2012 $152,056 Zeinab Eyega P.O. Box 3112
New York, NY 10163
ETHNIC The International Rescue Committee NY NY 9/29/2012 $199,962 Kay Bellor 122 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168
ETHNIC Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Visit disclaimer page Portland OR 9/29/2012 $200,000 Sokhom Tauch 10301 NE. Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220
503-234-1541 503-802-0082
ETHNIC Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee Nashville TN 9/29/2012 $195,608 Allie Hill 295 Plus Park Blvd, Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37217
ETHNIC Association of Africans Living in Vermont Visit disclaimer page Burlington VT 9/29/2012 $165,531 Yacouba Bogre 139 Elmwood Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401
ETHNIC Pan African Community Association Visit disclaimer page Milwaukee WI 9/29/2012 $166,824 Fessahaye Mebrahtu 6222 W. Capitol Dr., Suite 101
Milwaukee, WI 53216

Ethnic Community Based Organization
Ethnic National Organization
Provider of Training, Technical Assistance, Mentorship


Technical Assistance Providers
Managing Federal Grants

Contact Information

Tabassum Siraj
Program Analyst
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington DC 20201
Phone: 202.401.4689
Fax: 202.401.0981

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