Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) exists to provide direct services to refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and immigrants, as well as to encourage community involvement in world refugee issues. We serve as a bridge between local resources and refugees, engaging the Atlanta community to help build a firmer foundation for refugees arriving in the United States.
RRISA is an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and Church World Service (CWS), two of the 10 national refugee resettlement agencies authorized by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees of humanitarian concern. We have been offering housing, employment assistance, human service referrals, and individual and family support services to clients in need since 1977 as part of the Christian Council. Since our incorporation in 2002, we have grown to become one of the largest resettlement agencies in metro Atlanta, with a 40-person, multi-cultural staff representing 15 countries and 25 languages.
We work with clients from their day of arrival in the U.S., securing affordable housing and ensuring all basic needs are met. Poverty is the most common challenge for all refugees, who typically arrive in this country with little more than the clothes on their backs. Through our four core service programs - Resettlement, Employment, Education and Youth, and Immigration - we provide comprehensive services to help refugee families become self-sufficient and obtain long-term success. We provide an entry point to American culture, extensive cultural orientation and financial literacy. RRISA rebuilds productive lives by providing services to approximately 2,100 refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and immigrants each year.
Cultural Adjustment Intern