Phone Number:

(407) 277-1938

Hours:

8:00am-4:00pm (Monday-Friday)

Locations:

Who We Are

Comprehensive Refugee Services provides care and compassion to eligible refugees living in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties through programs designed to help them integrate into the community and achieve self-sufficiency.

Federal law determines eligibility for Comprehensive Refugee Services’ programs. The following category of immigrants are eligible: 

  • Refugees who are forced to flee their home country and are granted status before they arrive in the United States.
  • Cuban/Haitian entrants who enter the United States due to humanitarian reasons.
  • Asylees who came to the United States seeking asylum protection and have been granted asylum by immigration asylum officers or by immigration judges.
  • Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrants (SIV) who worked with the United States military helping with translation, interpretation, and other skills and who were granted special immigrant status.
  • Certified Victims of Human Trafficking (VOT) who are foreign born victims of labor or sex trafficking in the United States.

“We shall always insist upon giving a generous welcome to others which is at once a duty of human solidarity and Christian charity.”

Pope St. Paul VI

Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a free, 8-week English language learning program for adults with limited English skills. The classes are designed to help students learn how to read, write, speak, and comprehend in English. Students wishing to enroll in the ESL program are required to take the CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems) placement test.

Vocational Education is a free program for adults 18 years and older who have acquired the English skills necessary to begin a technical training program. Its purpose is to assist clients in meeting their educational and career goals. Clients can continue their education through training offered by Orange Technical College–a partner of Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

Case Management

Case Management provides assistance to new-comers with referrals and follow-ups to Adult Education, Legal Services, Youth and Family Services, and Employment Services (clients must have an Employment Authorization Document). Case management also refers clients to partners including: the Florida Department of Children and Families, the health departments in our tri-county zone, and 4C/child care services.

Employment Services

The employment services team helps clients get suitable employment based on their skills, education, transportation, and language and mediates between employers and employees. Clients are also provided with employability preparation such as job interviews and practice, mock applications, resumes, and translation services. Job coaching is also available to help them complete necessary paperwork—including assisting both the employee and employer with the I-9 form.

Legal Services

The legal services provided by Comprehensive Refugee Services include assistance with obtaining Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), permanent residency applications, and other employment-related immigration status issues.

Youth Services

The Refugee Youth Program provides assistance in addressing the educational, language, and employment needs of vulnerable refugee/entrant youth who may be at risk of dropping out of high school, not meeting high school graduation requirements, or are in need of alternatives to a traditional high school education, with an overall goal of employment and integration.

The program provides guidance and assistance in accessing community and school resources to support the academic and career goals of refugee youth at risk during the fist years of living in the United States.

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