ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – A check for $ 75,000 has been turned over to Emmaus Immigrant and Refugee Support Services Inc. (RISSE). RISSE is a family center that helps newcomers build lasting lives in the United States. The amount of the check came as a surprise to the people at RISSE. The organization provides English language training, family support services, employment assistance and more to refugees in Afghanistan and dozens of other countries.
“Albany, as a resettlement city, we are seeing an increasing number of people relocating here to the Capital Region,” said RISSE Executive Director Daniel Butterworth. This $ 75,000 grant will help RISSE expand its services and capacity. “Since the Afghan crisis in the fall we have seen around 200 people arriving from Afghanistan and more people arriving in the next few months and in terms of the number of federal refugees we are seeing a tenfold increase. compared to the previous year, ”said Butterworth.
The Business for Good Foundation was the group behind the generosity. This is a Sarasota-based group whose mission is to help local organizations thrive. “We want to empower organizations that do the job but are not necessarily widely known and therefore RISSE definitely does the job, they fit the mission, they serve a growing community here and they have a great need and we wanted to support them Said Jahkeen Hoke, CEO of the Business for Good Foundation.
RISSE provides a wide range of support to newcomer families, including ESOL courses for young people and adults, training on CVs and job skills, assistance with paperwork, referral to social service providers . RISSE works in conjunction with: St. Rose’s College, Capital Region BOCES, USCRI, SUNY Albany, The United Methodist Church Upper New York Annual Conference, Catholic Charities and many other community groups.