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May 8, 2019

Welcoming Rhode Island Festival is at PVDFest!

Dorcas International is excited and proud to announce its first-ever partnership with the City of Providence as a new participant in RI’s much-anticipated PVDFest.
April 5, 2019

Be a part of our Global Classroom!

Immerse yourself in an exciting new initiative here at Dorcas International – our Global Classroom. Register now to learn Meditation, basic Spanish, Middle Eastern cooking, Latin dance, and African drumming!
March 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!

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.