U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (founded as the International Institute of Erie)
To protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and support their transition to a dignified life.
Programs and Services
The Erie Field Office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (founded in 1919 as the International Institute of Erie)* supports people who are starting new lives in Erie, like so many of our parents, grandparents, and ancestors who came before us. USCRI Erie provides resettlement services such as English language classes, cultural orientation, and preparation for employment. New arrivals who experienced injuries or trauma in their journey, are met in Erie with caring and expert case managers, instructors, and the region’s largest team of foreign language interpreters. The agency coordinates initial medical screenings and housing arrangements with school enrollment and early childhood education. Periodically, USCRI Erie offers classes to prepare for citizenship, and it sponsors the U.S. citizenship ceremonies in partnership with the Erie federal courthouse.
USCRI Erie also serves the larger Erie community, facilitating outreach during the recent 2020 U.S. Census count, and communicating crucial public health information across many languages and cultures to keep Erie safe while the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Boosting the local economy, USCRI Erie initiated a trio of economic development programs that are launching immigrant- and refugee-owned small businesses, childcare enterprises, and commercial farms. All are revitalizing the region with fresh ideas, property investments, and lots of new jobs.
* Abbreviated today as: USCRI Erie