External Resources

Two resettled refugees studying English at a local library in San Jose, CA

External Resources

The following page provides links to additional external resources that may help to inform or enhance your delivery of Cultural Orientation. Resources are divided into two categories, online resources and digital apps, and grouped by Cultural Orientation topic. You can also visit Settle In website (which features videos, podcasts, and factsheets in multiple languages) or download the Settle In mobile app for more cultural orientation resources.


Online Resources

Public Assistance:


  • Libby: Digital app and online website to download e-books and audiobooks from your public library. Library card is required.
  • Overdrive: Digital app and online website to download e-books and audiobooks from your public library. Library card is required.

Employment for Refugee Women:

Employment Rights:



Domestic Violence:

Family Dynamics:


Tools & Technology for Refugees:

Technical Assistance Programs

  • Switchboard: ORR funded technical assistance program for resettlement staff
  • RITA: International Rescue Committee Resettlement and Integration Technical Assistance Program

Other programs

  • Welcoming America: Organization that helps build relationships in local communities for refugees


Destination Guides: These guides provide information on mosques, halal grocery stores, social services, and programming in local communities. These guides are available for the regions listed below.





Disclaimer: Destination Guides were developed by the Department of Homeland Security as a part of the response to the Operation Allies Welcome Mission. The documents, including organizations and businesses listed, do not necessarily represent endorsement and should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government per 5 CFR § 2635.702.

Digital Apps


Digital Apps for Individuals with Disabilities:

  • Tarjimly: app that connects refugees to volunteer translators
  • Be My Eyes: app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call
  • Seeing AI: app by Microsoft that “narrates the world around you” in various languages
  • KNFB Reader: app that converts text to speech and Braille. Has useful tools for blind, low-vision, and dyslexic individuals


Budgeting Tools