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Refugee Self-Sufficiency Services Programs

Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with IRCO to provide the following services to refugees in the greater Portland Metro area: 

Within the first 12 months of arrival in the U.S.

  • New Arrival Employment Services (NAES) - Provides employment assistance to help newly arrived refugees achieve self-sufficiency within twelve months of arrival.

  • Pre-Employment Training (PET) - Provides classroom English language instruction for newly arrived refugees in the areas of work search skills, job application and interview skills, information on appropriate on-the-job behavior, and provides short employment trainings. This project helps refugees understand the dynamics of the American work place, function more effectively on the job, and improves their potential for job retention.

  • Coordinated Assistance to Support Employment (CASE) - Provides support services to newly arrived refugees who are in the NAES project.

After the first 12 months in the U.S.

  • Established Employment Services (EES) - Provides employment assistance for refugees who have been in the U.S. from 13 to 60 months to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. 

    For more information, visit the IRCO website.

Other services available to refugees through DHS contracts

  • Cuban and Haitian Assistance Project (CHAP) – Provides assistance to eligible Cubans and Haitians to obtain employment documentation, adjustment of status, and citizenship and naturalization services through the SOAR/EMO agency.