Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Technical Assistance Programs

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) assists organizations with expertise in a particular area by funding a number of technical assistance grants which helps these organizations to provide the highest quality in services. These technical assistance providers can help in a number of ways, depending on the provider’s time, funding constraints and the recipient agency’s particular needs.

Listed below are all currently funded Training and Technical Assistance providers. If you have questions about the Training and Technical Assistance program, please contact Makda Belay (makda.belay@acf.hhs.gov) at ORR.

Community Engagement

ICF International
ICF International training and technical assistance is designed to help refugee service providers develop robust relationships with federal, state, and community-based partners that result in an expanded array of supportive services for refugee clients. ICF helps refugee service providers apply strategic messaging, action planning, and other techniques to make their organization’s resources and operational support more sustainable.

Welcoming America
Welcoming America’s Fostering Community Engagement and Welcoming Communities Project provides technical assistance to the nation’s refugee resettlement network, offering new tools and support to create a robust community of practice across refugee agencies, mainstream providers and geographic communities; enhance and sustain resettlement work in local communities; build new partnerships; promote a positive community climate; and ensure the successful integration of refugees in cities and town across the United States.

Economic Development

ISED Solutions, Inc.
ISED Solutions, Inc. provides technical assistance to microenterprise development and individual development account (IDA) grantees. ISED’s technical assistance includes site visits, workshops, and telephone and e-mail consultations.

Employment

Higher (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service)
Higher nurtures welcoming communities in their efforts to help refugees gain economic stability and create opportunities to fully participate in the American dream. Higher provides training, mentoring, and employer outreach to voluntary agencies and other community-based organizations engaged in local employment services delivery.

Ethnic Community-Based Organizations

Project SOAR (International Rescue Committee (IRC))
The IRC’s Project SOAR provides technical assistance, including site visits, workshops, and telephone and e-mail consultations to ethnic community-based organizations serving refugees. IRC’s technical assistance focuses on resource development, financial management, board training, and capacity building so that organizations can improve the vital services they provide to refugees.

LGBT Resource Center

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
Through their Rainbow Welcome Initiative, Heartland Alliance is working to create resource materials, trainings, and recommendations specific to developing the network’s capacity to meet the resettlement needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) refugees and asylees, including the establishment of pilot projects at a few selected, geographically-diverse sites.

Refugee Health

Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center
The Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) is the Technical Assistance (TA) provider dedicated to improving the well-being of refugees to aid in their long term integration in the US. The primary audience for RHTAC is refugee health providers, public health programs and mainstream health and mental health providers, to improve health and well-being within refugee communities.

Survivors of Torture

National Capacity Building Project for Specialized Torture Treatment Centers
The Center for Victims of Torture offers national technical assistance through resources, training, and networking opportunities specifically targeted to specialized torture treatment centers.

National Partnership for Community Training
NPCT, a program of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services that partners with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture provides comprehensive community needs assessment and training in areas of the country where no torture treatment centers exist.