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Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR) is a 501(c) (3) community organization reincorporated in 2014 to serve refugees in western New York. RHR seeks to foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of the refugee community by making them agents of their own advancement. It seeks to become a comprehensive community center providing a full range of services to its own community while welcoming people from all cultures and ethnicities.
Refugees Helping Refugees, initially incorporated under the name of The Somali Community in Western NY (SCWNY), was founded in 2002 as a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization. Two Somali refugees, meeting in a small apartment at River Park Commons in Rochester, NY, did case management and after school tutoring. In December 2015 the SCWNY was reincorporated as Refugees Helping Refugees, Inc to reflect its changed constituency - refugees from all countries. Today in 2016 we are a refugee-run community agency, providing ongoing comprehensive education, health services, and casework to more than 250 refugees annually.