VRRP at Work in Rutland

The USCRI Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP) values the resilient and self-reliant community contributors that come to Vermont to rebuild their lives. We provide refugees with pivotal life-readiness services to ensure every person is empowered with the skills and tools needed to become a self-sufficient and productive member of a global society. Our local community is invited to explore this page for community-specific updates and opportunities to engage with our work and purpose. We are excited to begin this new chapter of welcoming newcomers in Rutland, Vermont!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The 25th annual Vermont International Festival

is coming to the Champlain Valley Exposition (on Rt. 15 in Essex Junction) December 1st– 3rd! The festival will include cultural performances, food, and hand-crafted gifts from over 40 different countries. Stop by our booth to learn about our programs and the populations we serve, buy goods made by our clients, and participate in the kids craft!

This year, USCRI/VRRP will also oversee the International Fashion show where over 60 traditional and cultural outfits will be modeled by clients, volunteers, and USCRI/VRRP staff members.

The International Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, December 2 at 12:00 PM. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Refugees and immigrants may receive free admission if they contact americorps@uscrivt.org or call 802-654-1728 by November 21st. The tickets are good for the entire weekend. You can buy tickets, sign up to volunteer, and learn more about the other organizations that will be at the festival at vermontinternationalfestival.com.

ABOUT OUR WORK

Our Mission:

To protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and support their transition to a dignified life.

Everyone. Everywhere. Equal Value.

Our Work:

VRRP is proud to be one of eight field offices of USCRI. We have dedicated over 100 years to uniting families, protecting children, rebuilding livelihoods, empowering survivors and restoring freedom, dignity and independence of people across the globe.

See more specifics of our work locally, or view the steps our team takes to ensure refugees are able to become self-sufficient and enrich our communities.

ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORS

Testimonies:

Hear stories of new and not so new Vermonters as they enrich the fabric of our community. Click here for refugee testimonies from “Destination BTV,” our 2016 community fundraiser. We hosted this powerful event to redefine multicultural integration in the greater Burlington area. We hope that you can join us for future events!

Economic Impact:

Newcomers receive support and training from our staff to so that they are able to re-enter the workforce and contribute to our economy. Learn how refugees benefit the economy here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who qualifies as a refugee? A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

What roles does VRRP play in resettling refugees in VermontVRRP focuses on giving refugees the tools to start their new lives in Vermont by providing client-centered services from the moment they arrive. We provide employment assistance, medical case management, English language learning classes, interpretation and translation services, family strengthening workshops, opportunities for community engagement, and more.

How can I help? Volunteers and community support is essential! Our community engagement needs can be found on our volunteer and donation pages.

More questions? USCRI has a FAQ page on refugee resettlement that we invite you to visit as well.

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