About

Why do we exist?
We exist to help local refugees and immigrants bridge isolating cultural and language barriers so they can thrive and feel at home in their new community.

How do we behave?
We are welcoming, relational, compassionate, and service-oriented people who respect the dignity of all cultures and nationalities. We have a mindset of mutual learning and improving, and we address challenges creatively with room to explore.

What do we do?
We bring people from the existing American culture together with refugees and immigrants to create a compassionate community that welcomes, assists and learns from one another.

How will we succeed?
With an attitude of cultural humility, we invite volunteers and partners to be a welcoming presence in the community where the felt needs of newcomers are met and friendships are formed.

Current Programs

The Welcome Center currently is providing a place where refugees and immigrants can access:

  • Adult ESL Classes
  • Kids’ Homework Club
  • Donation Center (free household good & furniture)
  • Community Events
  • Community Resources & Services

RIHO is a project of East Portland Neighbors, a 501(c)3 membership organization for community groups in East Portland.