RIHO Welcome Program
In recent years, the neighborhoods of East Portland and Gresham, Oregon have seen a very large influx of immigrants and refugees. There are currently between 80 and 100 different languages spoken at home in this area. Among the newcomers, there is great need for assistance in figuring out “life in America”, as well as a deep desire for long-term relational support – a community.
In our area there are few accessible public places where immigrants and refugees can gather, learn, celebrate, and make friends with long-time residents. To meet this need, the Refugee and Immigrant Hospitality Organization (RIHO) started a program at The Rosewood Initiative, an inclusive and supportive place where refugees and immigrants can connect with one another and learn how to access community resources, and where the general public can become an integral part of welcoming newcomers.
We currently provide a place where refugees and immigrants can access:
-Adult ESL Classes
-Kids' Homework Club
-Community Resources & Services
HOW YOU CAN HELP
DONATE: We need operating funds for supplies, transportation assistance, childcare, etc. Any amount you can give will make a big impact in the lives of refugees and immigrants in East Portland!
VOLUNTEER: Besides donating financially, there are other ways to get involved. Our mission is carried out by a volunteer team committed to strengthening our community by fostering cross-cultural relationships, celebrating cultural diversity and supporting under-served ethnic groups. We have a solid orientation and support system for volunteers to ensure this can be achieved, as well as a variety of opportunities for all interested parties to be involved in this life-changing work. Please contact [email protected] to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
RIHO is a program of The Rosewood Initiative, a 501(c)3 community organization in East Portland.