Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

In 2013, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island was born from the union of two great organizations: The International Institute of Rhode Island and Dorcas Place Adult and Family Literacy Center. Dorcas Place has helped low-income adults to realize their full potential through literacy, collaboration, advocacy, and community involvement. It joined forces with the International Institute of Rhode Island (IIRI), which began as an affiliate of the YWCA. After the merge, Dorcas International, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, has continued nearly a century’s worth of work in the community, collectively serving the needs of immigrants and refugees in RI and southeastern Massachusetts since 1921, not only providing education and job readiness opportunities, but also legal services for citizenship and immigration and refugee resettlement programs.

Record Type: 
Innovative Programs
Start Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 1921
Type of Agency/Organization: 
Non-profit
Program Location: 
Providence, Rhode Island
Geographic Reach: 
Multisite
Clientele/Population Served: 
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island serves low-income students, underemployed immigrants, and refugees in the Providence, Rhode Island area.
Programs/Services Offered: 

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island empowers individuals and families, especially immigrants, refugees, and the underserved, to become self-sufficient and fully participating members of the community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training, and cultural understanding.

Here is a list of services provided by Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island: 

  • Education
  • Citizenship & Immigration
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Employment
  • Clothing Collaborative
  • Translation & Interpretation
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Employment
  • Education and Training
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