The Missouri Office of Refugee Administration (MO-ORA) is an intermediary between the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and local refugee resettlement agencies across the state. ORR is the federal organization that provides funding for specific programs, which help ORR-eligible populations become self-sufficient. MO-ORA administers federal funds and contracts out to agencies who then provide the services below.

 

Refugee Support Services (RSS)

RSS is primarily an employability program. The Immigration and Nationality Act specifies that in providing refugee assistance, “employable refugees should be placed on jobs as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States.” RSS services are aimed at addressing barriers to employment and integration into the United States.

Agencies offering this program: Della Lamb, International Institute of St. Louis, International Institute – Southwest Missouri Branch, Jewish Vocational Service, RAISE, Refugee and Immigration Services

 

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) is a short-term monthly payment program that focuses on assisting individuals and families in attaining self-sufficiency through employment and training activities.

Agencies offering this program: Della Lamb, International Institute of St. Louis, International Institute – Southwest Missouri Branch, Jewish Vocational Service, Refugee and Immigration Services

 

MO-RTAC 

This program serves refugee families who are eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in coordination with partners, including but not limited to: Missouri Family Support Division (FSD), local resettlement agencies, Missouri Job Centers, Missouri Work Assistance (MWA providers), and other culturally diverse organizations throughout the state. Clients receive services customized to the unique needs of refugees, considering the necessity for culturally and linguistically appropriate services that provide a holistic approach and using strength-based models to address challenges faced after resettling in their new homes.

Agencies offering this program: Della Lamb, International Institute of St. Louis, International Institute – Southwest Missouri Branch, Jewish Vocational Service, Refugee and Immigration Services

 

Youth Mentoring (YM)

Programs match eligible youth with mentors who will support their successful integration and help them thrive. Programs also provide case management to support individual educational and career development goals.

Agencies offering this program: Della Lamb, International Institute of St. Louis, International Institute – Southwest Missouri Branch, Jewish Vocational Service, Refugee and Immigration Services

 

Services to Older Refugees (SOR)

This program ensures that refugees age 60 and above have access to mainstream aging services in their community. These activities, services, and resources in turn support overall physical and emotional health, help integrate into new communities, and support independent living.

Agencies offering this program: International Institute of St. Louis, Jewish Vocational Service, Refugee and Immigration Services

 

Refugee School Impact Program

The central goal of the Refugee School Impact program is to strengthen academic performance and to aid the social adjustment of newly arriving refugee youth.

Agency offering this program: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education