Refugee and Immigrant Community Services


About our work:

Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS) partners with refugees, asylees, immigrants and survivors of trafficking to address their needs by connecting them to their new community, providing education and employment services and the help they need to succeed in their new country. 

Last year we served:

  • 303 refugees arriving from Bhutan, Burma, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Cuba and Congo

  • 158 refugees employed full or part time

  • 37 children engaged in 6 week summer program

  • 152 youth in after school  and mentoring programming

  • 1075 refugees and immigrants enrolled in Vocational English Language Training courses

  • 127 enrolled in job readiness workshops

  • 65 graduates of vocational readiness classes

  • 99 graduates of ABE transition and career exploration program



     Thanks to our community partner

    125 participants in computer skills classes

We offer services in:

  • Resettlement and Placement

  • Individualized Case Management

  • Medical Case Management

  • English Language Training

  • Hospitality Training

  • Cultural Orientation

  • Transportation Assistance

  • Employment Preparation and Placement

  • Youth Summer Program

  • Youth Afterschool Program

  • Women’s Empowerment Program

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Elderly Refugee Services

Learn more about our programs:

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Education »

Employment and Vocational Training »

Youth and Family Services »

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Staff speak the following languages: Acholi, Amharic, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Kirundi, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigre, Tigrinya, Xhosa, and Portuguese.

To contact us please email or visit us at 4419 N. Ravenswood Avenue.