Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) provides a bridge for refugees (individuals who have had to flee their countries of origin due to the tragedies of persecution and war) and other new arrivals from their former life experiences to the new skills required for success in the United States. Through a focus on economic self-sufficiency, community integration, and a respect for unique cultures, history and traditions, RAIS creates an environment of compassion and encouragement for refugees to flourish.

In federal fiscal year 23, RAIS served 582 new arrivals in Alaska

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Get Help from RAIS

To enroll in refugee services or to see if you are eligible, please contact Barbi Cupper, at or 907-222-7365

Requirements for accessing services:

  • RAIS can serve all Office of Refugee Resettlement eligible clients statewide. This includes refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitant entrants, Victims of Human Trafficking, and Special Immigrant Visas from Iraq and Afghanistan within 5 years of their date of eligibility.
  • RAIS can also serve Afghan Humanitarian Parolees and Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees within specific time periods.

Useful Resources

For an overview of the vetting process for refugees and information about sponsoring new Americans, please refer to the Alaska Office for Refugees.

RAIS in the News

Back to school can be difficult for all families, but leaving your home country and learning a new language while adjusting to your new home can be challenging. The laptops from AT&T will help provide necessary support to our new Alaska neighbors as technology important for participation in school, accessing health services, applying for jobs, and so much more. A special thanks to Dave Allgood at Alaska’s News Source for sharing this good news!

AT&T partnered with Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) and gifted 100 laptop computers to refugee families. Thank you to AT&T for caring for our new Alaskan neighbors!

Contact Us

Senior Director: Suanne Unger
Phone: 907.222.7322

Program Director: Brigit Reynolds
Phone: 907.222.7348

Program Director: Sharese Hughes
Phone: 907-222-7320

Front Desk: 907.222.7300


Main Center
Location: 4600 DeBarr Rd Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99508
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Center
Location: 4135 San Roberto Ave. Anchorage, AK 99508
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Delta Junction
Location: 1391 Richardson Hwy, Suite 500, Delta Junction, AK 99737
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: 1225 W Spruce Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.