USCRI in Cleveland, Ohio

Established in 1916, the International Services Center has served refugees and immigrants for over 100 years.  In 2016 the agency joined USCRI as a field office to continue our important work.  The International Services Center is now known as USCRI-Cleveland.  In neighborhoods across Cleveland, Ohio, we open doors for uprooted people, helping the world’s most vulnerable rebuild their lives. We are part of a nationwide network that breaks through social, cultural, and economic barriers so previously interrupted lives can flourish. The first welcome begins with navigating American culture, laying solid foundations for a fresh start, and making essential community connections to successfully integrate into our community.

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Market Garden

We operate a chemical-free garden in the old Stockyards Neighborhood of Cleveland. On three city blocks we nurture the appreciation for agriculture that many of our refugee clients bring with them. Grapes, fruit trees, brambles, herbs, and a variety of vegetables grow throughout our field and in raised beds, which are tended by refugee volunteers and overseen by our Garden Manager.

Our garden provides more than sustenance. A group of friends  – an older man from Ukraine relaxing on a day off from work, a husband and wife from Nepal, and a young Bhutanese mother all gather at the garden to enjoy the sun and thyme-scented air of the garden. They all share a common love for working with the earth and are happy for sense of community and respite it provides. At the end of the day they take home a basket full of tomatoes, string beans, zucchini and big bell peppers for dinner.

We are committed to natural, sustainable, and chemical-free growing practices to enhance the gardening experience and produce the most nutritious, flavorful fruits and vegetables.

Want to get involved?

To get involved in any of the ways listed below, please contact Kelila Werlin at

Purchase produce

Fruits and vegetables are available both in bulk to restaurants and individually to consumers. Call to find out what is ripe right now!


Do you live nearby and want to meet some interesting people while spending time outside? Many of our refugee volunteers would love the opportunity to practicing their English with you. Gardening experience not required.


We currently need materials for raised beds.