Serving Our Community Since 1980.
The Refugee Center was created in 1980 by Vietnamese refugees as a way to help other newly arrived refugees acclimate to American culture and provide commonly needed services. Since then, The Refugee Center has expanded its scope to assist all refugees, immigrants, and political asylees, regardless of country of origin.
Support for the Center comes from community members' contributions, Champaign County United Way, the Champaign County Mental Health Board, private grants and donors, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The Refugee Center serves and advocates for all immigrants—regardless of their background or status—through translation and administrative services, education, and advocacy.
We open the door to new community members, help them get settled in Central Illinois, and encourage our community to understand and embrace its new members.
The Refugee Center provides services in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Russian, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Services can be arranged in other languages at request.
We are globally aware but locally focused. We understand the challenges our clients have to face in coming to central Illinois and settling here. Our professional, compassionate staff provide interpretation services and advocacy in court hearings, doctors' appointments, school conferences, and other settings.
We help people find stability in their new homes through counseling, tutoring, community health programs, and support in completing paperwork for work, school, and government programs.
Together, we can make a difference.