Refugee Resettlement Program

First 90 Days

Who is a refugee?
According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

Our Goal:
Our goal is to empower families to become self-sufficient by providing them the resources they need to navigate US social and economic systems.  We do this by providing access to many resources and services.

Core Services:Refugee Airport Pick up

On the day of arrival, the staff/volunteer team meets the family at the airport and transports them to their new home. They then act as advocates, helping to ensure that the clients receive access to any resources they may need including medical care, English Language education and job development opportunities. We remain in regular contact with each of our clients for the first three months of their resettlement, providing guidance as they begin to tackle the challenges they face in becoming self sufficient, self reliant and productive members of society.

Read a refugee’s story.

Where do Opening Doors’ refugees come from?

In Fiscal Year 2016 Opening Doors received 614 refugee clients from 11 different countries of origin.  The refugee families we serve come to us through our affiliate, Church World Service which works with the US Department of State. The majority of our families come from Afghanistan as SIVs (Special Immigrant Visa). We also have families that come from: Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Former Soviet Union.


Our Resettlement Numbers:

  • Fiscal Year 2015: 351 Individuals
  • Fiscal Year 2016: 614 individuals
  • Fiscal Year 2017: 1,027 individuals

If you would like to donate items essential to refugee resettlement, check our donations page


Frequently Asked Questions