Local faith-based groups, service organizations, and concerned community members have joined together to form the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County. The coalition partners with Catholic Community Services of Lane County (CCS) to welcome and support refugees and asylum seekers in Lane County. Through its Refugee and Immigrant Services Program (RISP), CCS serves refugees, asylum seekers, people who have gained asylum (asylees), and other immigrants.
RISP staff and volunteers assist refugees, asylum seekers, and asylees to access housing, employment, physical and mental health services, social services, English as a Second Language classes, and other community resources. RISP also provides low-cost legal services through an in-house attorney and a partnership with Catholic Charities in Portland. Typical cases include renewals of legal status documents (legal residency, DACA, Temporary Protected Status, employment authorization, etc.), as well as initial applications for citizenship, legal permanent residency, and other processes.
Volunteers serve as advocates, drivers, language tutors, interpreters, and in many other ways welcome and support RISP clients. Learn more about becoming a volunteer
We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the Coalition.