Who we are

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island works to empower refugees and immigrants in the community by providing vital programs and services for legal aid and representation for citizenship and immigration, refugee resettlement, education, and more to help the people it serves to thrive and be successful.

Our organization has taken different shapes during our nearly 100 years of service — but our commitment to your success and to the success of families and individuals in the community we serve remains the same. These are our core values:


We empower individuals and families, especially immigrants, refugees, and the underserved, to become self-sufficient and fully participating members of our diverse community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training, and cultural understanding.


We welcome all those who are working to overcome cultural, educational, economic and language barriers; and we empower them to achieve self-sufficiency and to participate actively in our community.


We provide client-centered services, advocacy and opportunities based on our expertise in family literacy and adult education, employment services, refugee resettlement, translating and interpreting, and U.S. citizenship and immigration services.


We are committed to building on the diversity and strength of the people we serve as an investment in a stronger and more connected community.

Our Impact in 2018



More than 4,500 people benefited from Dorcas International programs and services.


We supported more than 450 immigrants in applying for naturalization.


We served more than 1,200 students - approximately 25% of the entire adult learners in the state.


We served 430 refugees, including 47 newcomers.