Community Resources

The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program:

The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) administers refugee resettlement services and time limited cash and limited medical assistance for eligible beneficiaries.



VOLAG, sometimes spelled Volag or VolAg, is an abbreviation for “Voluntary Agency”. This term refers to any of the ten U.S. private agencies and one state agency that have cooperative agreements with the State Department to provide reception and placement services for refugees arriving in the United States. These agencies use funding from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) along with self-generated resources to provide refugees with a range of services including sponsorship, initial housing, food and clothing, orientation and counseling. VOLAGs may also contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) to provide job placement, English language training and other social services.


The current VOLAGs in Arizona include:

Catholic Charities, Community Services (Phoenix)
Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona (Tucson)
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (Phoenix)
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (Tucson)
International Rescue Committee (Phoenix)
International Rescue Committee (Tucson)
Arizona Immigrant and Refugee Services


The ECBOs-

Ethnic Based Community Organizations or ECBOs are refugee led non-profits that seek to serve other refugees.


The current ECBOs in Arizona include:

Sudanese: Arizona Lost Boys Center

Bhutanese: Bhutanese Mutual Assistance Association of Tucson

Burundi: Burundi-Arizona Heritage Organization

Eritrean: Eritrean Community of Arizona

African: Lift International Foundation

Multi-ethnic: Refugee and Immigrant Relief Center

Multi-ethnic: Horizons for Refugee Families Tucson

Somali: Somali Bantu United Association of Greater Phoenix

Sudanese: Sudanese Community Association of Arizona

Multi-ethnic: Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities


Other Partners:

Landlord/ Tenant Rights

Water Safety Education

Drug and Alcohol Awareness TERROS

A New Leaf Autumn House

Family Advocacy Center

Community Legal Services

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Association of Arizona Food Bank

Touchstone Behavioral Health

ACYR Cener for Workforce Development

Fresh Start Women’s Center

Civitan Foundation

Graffiti Busters

Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development

Casa De Los Ninos

Arizona Children’s Association