welcoming refugees & immigrants, and enriching Connecticut's community since 1982.

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to help refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, strengthen hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities.

Welcoming persecuted people from other countries is America’s most noble tradition. IRIS helps newcomers on the road to self-sufficiency by providing lifesaving support during their transition to life in the United States.

 

We offer the following services to refugees and immigrants, available in Connecticut.

 

Please bear with us for the next few weeks! Our site is under heavy construction. 

HOUSING

IRIS provides basic needs on arrival including housing, furniture, groceries and household goods.

EMPLOYMENT

Through career counseling, job skills training, and outreach to employers, IRIS helps clients prepare for, start, and succeed in jobs.

HEALTH

IRIS schedules and accompanies clients to medical appointments and helps clients learn to navigate the system independently.

LEGAL

Our legal team reunites families from overseas, helps refugees obtain U.S. citizenship and offers representation to people seeking asylum.

EDUCATION

IRIS enrolls children in school and provides them with tutoring as well as daily English classes for adults. In addition, robust summer learning and higher education programs help our families reach their fullest potential.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Case managers help families reach self-sufficiency, as well as provide intensive case management and counseling support to refugees with the greatest needs.

OUR STORY

IRIS empowers refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into their new communities. At the same time, newcomers enrich our communities, making this a better place for all of us.

“The killing of innocent black people needs to stop."

Weruche U. George, Asylee from Nigeria

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

WORK WITH US

IRIS has a casual work atmosphere where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We’re committed to work-life balance and offer everyone opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow. If you’re looking to add meaningful purpose to your work or want a life-changing fellowship to get your career off on the right foot, then you’ll love working here. Please see our open positions and volunteer opportunities below.

IRIS is not hiring at the moment. Check again soon!

OUR MISSIONS

VOLUNTEER AT IRIS

Volunteers are an invaluable part of the IRIS team. Click here for available volunteer roles.

To apply: Complete the IRIS Volunteer Application here. You will receive an email copy of your application. Please forward that along with your resume to the Volunteer Programs Specialist (format: Last name, First name Resume.pdf).

OUR MISSIONS

intern at iris

Interns commit 15+ hours per week for a minimum of three months, and all internships are unpaid. Our interns are typically undergrad and masters students, but internships are open to any community member who is interested in our work.

Click here for available internships at IRIS. 

To apply: Complete the IRIS Intern Application here. You will receive an email copy of your application. Please forward that along with your most recent resume to the Volunteer Programs Specialist (format: Last name, First name Resume.pdf).  Questions? Email the IRIS Volunteer Programs Specialist at volunteer@irisct.org.