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February 27, 2019

Voices From Syria

Join in on the conversation and listen to performances by Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and other Syrian composers at Community MusicWorks’ FREE event “Voices from Syria” on February 28 at 5 p.m. at Brown University (Grant Recital Hall at Brown University — 105 Benevolent St, Providence, Rhode Island 02912)! […]
January 18, 2019

Refugee Career Pathways

Did you arrive to the U.S. as a refugee or an asylee and need help finding or advancing your career? We can help! Dorcas International’s new program Refugee Career Pathways can assist you with achieving your career goals — whatever they are! […]
January 9, 2019

Global Eats is back!!

Come celebrate incredible global dishes masterly crafted by renowned local chefs at the much anticipated second annual Global Eats — an international culinary fundraiser held this year at Rhodes On The Pawtuxet on March 28, 2019! Last year, our professional and artful chefs served 500+ […]

Our Stories


Meet Youssef Akhtarini

Youssef came to the U.S. as a refugee after he and his family were forced to flee their home in Syria, leaving behind everything they’ve ever known. This included the “sweet shops” Youssef owned in Aleppo, where he sold handmade Baklava and Syrian treats – a craft he has been mastering since he was 16 years old.

When war turned his shops and home into rubble and threatened his life and the lives of those he loved, he and his family had no choice but to make their way to Turkey.

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Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides programs and services to immigrants, refugees, and those looking to overcome cultural, educational, economic, and language barriers. Dorcas International has worked to empower newcomers for nearly 100 years now and strives to create a welcoming environment for all who come to settle here in the Ocean State.