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In order to best protect confidential and other important data, the ODJFS website will no longer support several outdated web browsers. Effective December 5, Internet Explorer 6 or older, Opera 4 or older and Netscape Navigator will no longer work on ODJFS sites that are https-enabled. Individuals can download the most recent version of Internet Explorer here and the most recent version of Opera here.

Resettlement Agencies

Ohio Refugee Resettlement Agencies conduct the actual work of resettling refugees in Ohio.  Staff from these nonprofit organizations:

  • Meet refugees at the airport.
  • Find them housing, clothing, and household goods.
  • Help them apply for cash, medical, and food stamp assistance from the local county department of job and family services.
  • Arrange for their comprehensive health screening.
  • Enroll them in classes to learn English, American culture, work skills, and eventually the skills and information needed to pass the citizenship test.
  • Help them overcome problems and barriers to successful employment and integration into American life.

These agencies are affiliated with national organizations called voluntary resettlement agencies (Volags) and receive funding from a variety of sources: