About us

Who We Are

Omaha Center for Refugee & Immigrant Services Inc.(OCRISI) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving and empowering immigrants and refugees in Omaha, Nebraska. With a deep commitment to promoting their successful integration and ensuring their well-being, we provide a range of comprehensive services, advocacy, and resources.

We understand the unique challenges faced by immigrants and refugees as they navigate the complexities of a new country. Our dedicated team of professionals, volunteers, and community partners works tirelessly to provide support and create opportunities for our clients to thrive.

Our services encompass various aspects of the integration process. We offer housing advocacy, language acquisition, employment support, education opportunities, healthcare access, legal aid, and cultural orientation. Through our case management approach, we develop individualized plans that address the specific needs and aspirations of each individual and family we serve.

We believe in the power of community and collaboration. We actively seek partnerships with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and local businesses to maximize our impact and provide holistic support to our clients. We work closely with volunteers and community members to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and promotes social cohesion.

Our work is driven by our core values of compassion, dignity, respect, cultural sensitivity, and social justice. We are dedicated to fostering an environment where immigrants and refugees feel valued, supported, and empowered to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Join us in our mission to build a more inclusive and equitable society where immigrants and refugees thrive. Together, we can make a difference and create a welcoming community for all.

Our Mission

To empower and support  refugees and immigrants in their journey towards successful integration, self-sufficiency, and community engagement. We strive to provide comprehensive services, advocacy, and resources that promote their well-being, preserve their dignity, and uphold their rights.

Our Vision

We envision a society where refugees and immigrants are embraced, respected, and provided equal opportunities to thrive. We aim to foster inclusive communities that value diversity, celebrate cultural richness, and promote social cohesion. Through collaboration, education, and advocacy, we aspire to create a more equitable and welcoming society for all.

Programs and Services

Our programs and services are designed to address the unique needs of refugees and immigrants at various stages of their settlement and integration process. We understand that each individual and family has distinct circumstances and requirements, and our programs aim to cater to their specific needs. Our services are designed to support immigrants and refugees at various stages of their journey, including:

Case Management

Our case managers work closely with refugees and immigrants to conduct needs assessments, develop individualized support plans, and coordinate access to services such as housing, employment assistance, language training, healthcare, education, and legal aid.

Immigration and Legal Support

We understand the complexities of immigration laws and processes. Our organization provides legal aid services, offering guidance, information, and representation to immigrants and refugees dealing with immigration matters, asylum applications, and refugee status determination processes.

Youth Programs and Services

We believe in the transformative power of education, mentoring and leadership development. Our organization offers educational support and mentoring programs to children, youth, and adult learners. We assist with school enrollment, provide tutoring and homework assistance, and offer help with scholarship or financial aid applications.

Mental Health & Support

We understand the unique mental health challenges faced by refugees and immigrants due to their experiences of displacement, poverty, trauma, lack of resources, and acculturation. We are committed to providing culturally sensitive and comprehensive mental health and support services to help individuals and families rebuild their lives and promote their emotional well-being.

Employment Services

We provide employment support services to help refugees and immigrants secure meaningful employment opportunities. This includes resume writing assistance, job search resources, interview preparation, and connections with local employers. We also offer vocational training and skill development programs to enhance their job prospects.

Our organization is driven by a commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice. We strive to create an environment that values and celebrates the rich cultural heritage and contributions of immigrants and refugees.

At OCRISI, we are dedicated to empowering refugees and immigrants, ensuring their successful integration, and advocating for their rights and well-being. We collaborate with community partners, government agencies, and other stakeholders to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all newcomers. Together, we work towards building a more inclusive society that embraces diversity and fosters the full potential of every individual.

Our Focus

OCRISI focuses on multiple projects to improve the lives of refugees and immigrants in the City of Omaha Nebraska. See more information below.