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Ohio Refugee Services

 Programs

 The refugee services section enters into grant agreements with qualified agencies throughout Ohio to provide services that are funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.



Refugee Support Services Program  

The Refugee Support Services Program supports employability services and other services that address barriers to employment such as: social adjustment, interpretation and translation, day care for children, citizenship and naturalization. 

Providers and the areas they serve:  

Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services- Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties  

Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services- Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina counties  

International Institute of Akron- Summit, Portage, Stark, and Carroll counties  

Catholic Social Services of Miami Valley- Montgomery, Greene, and Miami counties  

Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio- Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren counties  

US Together Toledo- Lucas, Fulton, Ottawa, and Wood counties  

   

Services to Older Refugees Program  

The Services to Older Refugees Program supports integration and independent healthy living for refugees age 60 and above.  Areas of focus are: accessing mainstream aging services in the community, interpretation, translation,    connecting with their communities to avoid isolation, and assistance with naturalization services.  

Providers and the area they serve:  

Community Refugee and Immigration Services- Franklin county  

Asian Services in Action- Cuyahoga and Summit counties  

   

Refugee School Impact Program  

The goals of the Refugee School Impact Program are to promote the academic performance and successful integration of refugee youth. Areas of focus are: specialized services and support for refugee youth, support for families    learning to navigate the U.S education system, and training for school staff on the varied needs of refugees.  

Providers and the area they serve:  

Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County-Cuyahoga county  

Akron Public Schools-Summit county  

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio-Franklin county  

Dayton Public Schools-Montgomery county  

Hamilton County Educational Service Center-Hamilton county  

   

Refugee Health Screening  

The Refugee Health Screening Program provides a comprehensive health screening to newly arrived refugees within the first 30 days of their arrival to the U.S. The purposes for health screening are as follows:  

•          To ensure follow-up with medical issues identified in an overseas medical screening;  

•          To identify persons with communicable diseases of potential public health importance;  

•          To enable a refugee too successfully resettle by identifying personal health conditions that, if left unidentified, could adversely impact his or her ability to resettle;  

•          To refer refugees to primary care providers for ongoing health care.  

Providers and the area they serve:  

Neighborhood Family Practice-Cuyahoga County  

International Community Health Center-Cuyahoga and Summit Counties  

OSU Occupational Medicine-Franklin County  

Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County-Montgomery County  

Cincinnati Department of Public Health-Hamilton County  

   

Refugee Health Promotion  

The Refugee Health Promotion grant is also called the Resource Specialist/Acclimation Program.  The Resource Specialist aspect of the program provides services to newly arrived refugees to increase health literacy and reduces gaps in healthcare.  The acclimation aspect provides adjustment and support groups to promote emotional well-being.  

Providers and the area they serve:   

Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services- Cuyahoga  

United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Cleveland-Cuyahoga  

International Institute of Akron- Summit  

World Relief-Summit  

Community Refugee and Immigration Services- Franklin county  

Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio- Hamilton