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 FY2021:

  • RAIS provided services to 460 clients
  • 50 clients were assisted in securing employment with an average starting wage of $13.78
  • 88% of clients who started new jobs held those jobs for more than 90 days

Your Support Goes Twice as Far

The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust is helping us build RAIS’ capacity to serve our refugee community. They’ve generously offered to match all new donors* to RAIS up to $100,000. Our community of generous RAIS supporters has provided a bridge for refugees for over 30 years. Join them in welcoming our new neighbors with open arms and open hearts. Give today and your donation may be matched dollar for dollar! You can help change their future.

Your past support has been a lifeline to so many who now call Alaska home. Although this Challenge Grant is for NEW supporters to RAIS, you can still offer refugee families a warm welcome and encouragement. You can still give today or download this toolkit with tips to share the joy of community and encourage your networks to get involved in this yearlong challenge match.

*New donors include supporters who have donated to other programs but not to RAIS, or who have not donated to RAIS in the past two years.