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Annual International Dinner

November 19, 2017

Watertown, MA

How to Get Involved

RIM is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas:

  • ESOL Training
  • Job Development
  • Fundraising
  • Publicity
  • Cluster participation
  • Offering workshops (dance, art, etc.)

Fill out out our volunteer application and join us in this amazing work!

About RIM - Serving Immigrants and
Asylum Seekers

"Building Community with Uprooted People to Serve the Common Good," is the mission of Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM). This faith-based organization was founded in 1986 and provides community-based support to individuals and families who have been uprooted by violence. Research has shown that when someone has lost everything, they hold on to their faith. RIM's faith-based approach builds collaboration between community faith groups in order to provide support to each client from his or her own faith. This is done through several programs:

Clusters: Providing resettlement services (food, housing, transportation) within their communities. Clusters are made up of volunteers from collaborating faith communities within a given geographical area. This collaboration allows several clients to be supported by Clusters and provides an enriching experience to volunteers. RIM clients have mostly stayed in the communities that have welcomed them. They are working and contributing their skills to the community. They are also enriching the communities in which they live by sharing their cultural gifts of food, music, art, and customs.

Spiritual Care Givers: RIM's founding program was to provide an "in-reach" to asylum seekers and others who are held in detention. These volunteers receive 20 hours of training and ongoing supervision as they make monthly or bi-monthly visits in the detention centers.

English Language Classes: Volunteers are trained to tutor immigrants in learning English and to assist them in job searches and community acculturation.

All of RIM's programs are designed to assist the client's integration into the community. All volunteers receive training and follow a case management plan designed in cooperation with the client. The client's preference regarding faith, professional development, gender preference and political views are respected. Likewise the preference of volunteers on these issues is also respected and valued.

Latest News

Join RIM for the Annual International Dinner - November 19, 2017

RIM's Annual International Dinner will be help on November 19, 2017 at 5:30pm at at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center at 47 Nichols Avenue in Watertown, MA. Tickets are just $35 each if purchased before November 15, 2017. We'll be sharing the gifts of our diverse cultures with an international buffet, silent auction and awards ceremony. Find out more >>

Recipes Wanted!

Do you have a favorite recipe? Maybe one that has been passed through your family or was taught to you during your childhood. Would you like to share it? The Refugee Immigration Ministry is making a cookbook and needs recipes special to your family. RIM is hoping to publish a book filled with different dishes from countries all over the world. If interested, submit a detailed copy on a recipe collection sheet so that others can recreate and enjoy it. Please email your recipe to recipes.rim@gmail.com by Sept. 15, 2017 to ensure we have time to review your submission. If you cannot submit your recipe electronically, please send it direct to RIM by mail at 6 Pleasant Street, Suite 612, Malden, MA 02148. Find out more >>

Intern at Refugee Immigration Ministry

Looking for a great internship where you can get your feet wet in the non-profit world? Come to RIM! Learn all about what opportunities exist at RIM and what makes it such a great place to do your internship here. Download an application here >>

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