"While every refugee's story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage: the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives."
Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services (ERIS) helps to resettle refugees and asylees who are legally in Colorado (by Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries), by providing them assistance with educational needs, family and social services, medical attention, employment, and cultural orientation.
The main goal of ERS is to help refugees become self-sufficient and independent as quickly as possible. ERS has been working with refugees in this manner since 1979, resettling about 600 new refugees annually.
Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services (ERIS) is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to ERIS are tax deductible. The ERIS financial records are audited by independent auditors in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The auditor’s report and/or the ERS 990 is available upon request.
Refugees are people who must flee their homeland fearing death or persecution because of their race, religion, or political views. These people must leave everything behind, including family members, material possessions, and cultural identity for the chance to rebuild a life with personal safety, individual freedom, and peace. Each refugee is carefully screened by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the INS (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service) to verify proof of actual persecution and confirm that there has been no involvement in criminal activities according to U.S. laws.
An asylee is a non-U.S. Citizen in the U.S. whose application for asylum has been adjudicated by the Department of Justice and about whom a determination has been made that he or she is "unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of origin because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution, based on the person's race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
An asylum seeker is a person who has fled personal danger in his or her home country, has entered the U.S. directly in search of safety and protection and in order to stay must apply for asylum. After his or her application for asylum is approved, an asylum seeker becomes an asylee.
Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services provides services to refugees and asylees. Regrettably, we cannot provide services at this time to asylum seekers.