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) 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.
During FY 2016, 89% of all employable adults engaged in the program were gainfully employed and 92% of these retained their initial employment for more than 3 months. By the end of their first year in Alaska, 79% of the refugee families served no longer relied on public assistance.
By providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive case management to assist our clients in learning about the U.S., RAIS seeks to encourage self-sufficiency through early employment.
For an overview of the vetting process for refugees, please visit this page:
- Reception & Placement (for newly arrived refugees)
- Case Management
- Education & Employment Services
- Health Promotion
- Youth Programming
RAIS Immigration Services
- Green Cards
- Refugee Family Reunification
Jessica Kovarik, Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services Program Director