We believe the most successful response to any refugee crisis is built upon local leadership, commitment and responsibility. We work with local and regional community partners to implement direct services and best practices to support the world’s most vulnerable.
Training and Workshops
RAIN can provide trainings or workshops to help first responders such as refugee program staff and volunteers, mental health providers and law enforcement officials learn how to best serve refugees. Samples of workshops we’ve provided include:
- Refugees, Asylees, Migrants and Unaccompanied Children – Differences and Experiences Explained
- Complex trauma and how to build programs to promote healing
- Psychosocial considerations when training staff and volunteers working with refugees – Boundaries, Expectations and Roles
Research And Partnerships
RAIN believes refugees and the communities they are part of are best served through careful planning, strong partnerships and by implementing best practices. We have established several strong partners with law enforcement, government agencies, universities and mental health programs to strengthen services across sectors, and we believe careful evaluation of our efforts will have a larger social impact. We seek partnerships with others who share our vision.
Empowering youth to be compassionate leaders is one of our top priorities. RAIN’s Thrive Program trains local youth ages 15-21 to mentor newly arrived refugee youth and unaccompanied children. This opportunity provides a unique cultural exchange that includes peer support and art/music sharing in Portland, Oregon.