CORE Launches Settle In for Ukrainians to Support New Arrivals

Newly arrived Ukrainians resettling in the United States now have more resources for information as they adjust to their new communities.   Settle In for Ukrainians, an initiative launched by the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange, is designed to directly engage newly arrived Ukrainians resettling in the United States. Settle In serves as a touchpoint to disseminate […]

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Ukrainian Backgrounder Now Available

Do you want to learn more about Ukrainians arriving in the United States? CORE recently released a Ukrainian Backgrounder, available in both an abbreviated web version and a more detailed, downloadable PDF.  This backgrounder provides a brief overview of Ukrainian history, an exploration of the current crisis, pathways to resettlement, and considerations when delivering Cultural […]

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Cultural Humility Webpage and Resources Now Available

What’s the difference between Cultural Humility, Cultural Awareness, and Cultural Competency?  What assumptions might you make if a newly arrived refugee explains they do not want to work? CORE answers these questions and provides guidance in our new resource: How to Apply Cultural Humility in Cultural Orientation.    […]

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New Congolese Backgrounder Now Available

Do you want to learn more about Congolese arriving in the United States? CORE recently released a Congolese Backgrounder, available in both an abbreviated web version and a more detailed, downloadable PDF. This backgrounder provides an overview of the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congolese culture, and tips for working with Congolese when […]

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UPDATED Healthcare Resources Following Refugee Medical Assistance Expansion

In March, the Office of Refugee Resettlement announced that the eligibility period for Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) would increase to 12 months. In response, CORE updated its Healthcare in the United States suite, which includes a fact sheet, video, and podcast. You can find this resource, along other health-related suites […]

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New Activities on Digital Technology and Literacy

Are you looking for new and engaging ways to teach newcomers about digital technology? Explore and incorporate CORE’s new activities on digital technology and literacy in your next Cultural Orientation session. Activities on this page promote engagement and student-centered learning and support the following key messages:   Newcomers may encounter digital technology in many different settings […]

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NEW Video and Fact Sheet on U.S. Laws for Newcomers

Watch and share CORE’s new U.S. Laws: Rights & Responsibilities video and fact sheet with newcomers. These resources provide basic information about U.S. laws and can also assist in facilitating further discussions about newcomer rights and responsibilities. Use this suite, along with CORE’s other resources on this topic and Activity Bank , to enhance your […]

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NEW Research: Best Practices for Designing Cultural Orientation Programs

Resettled refugees learning English during a cultural orientation class. IRC/EHockstein

CORE conducted a literature review mapping project to identify current research and evidence on Cultural Orientation practices. Based on 30 articles, guides, framework documents, and studies from 2010 to 2021, CORE has identified key recommendations to guide practitioners in providing effective Cultural Orientation programming.   Top Findings:  Cultural Orientation programming should be iterative and part of […]

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Cultural Orientation Resources for Sponsors and Community Partners

Receiving communities play an important role in delivering key Cultural Orientation messages. CORE has a new Resources for Community Partners and Sponsors page, which includes introductory information about sponsorship, refugee populations, and resources to use. This page also includes the Destination Guides created by the Department of Homeland Security. These guides list mosques, halal grocery stores, […]

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Destination Guides

These guides provide information on mosques, halal grocery stores, social services, and programming in local communities. You can find a list of Destination Guides below and on CORE’s new Resources for Community Partners and Sponsors page, External Resources page, and Afghan Backgrounder page. Northeast: Connecticut: New Haven (English, Dari/Pashto) Maine: Lewiston (English, Dari/Pashto) Massachusetts: Jamaica […]

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