Extended Support

Serve clients who have proven special needs and/or vulnerabilities that make it challenging for them to become fully self-sufficient at the end of the initial resettlement period.

Get to Know our Programs

Preferred Communities Intensive Case Management Program (PC)

Special need and vulnerable groups who are eligible for services include the disabled; youth and young adults without parents; single parents and women at risk; the elderly; refugees experiencing trauma and PTSD; survivors of torture, and LGBT clients, among others. Clients receive intensive case management for a period of 6 months to 2 years, within 5 years of arrival to the US. Clients are deemed to have reached self-sufficiency once they meet the goals that they set for themselves at the beginning of the service period, find stability in life areas affected by their vulnerabilities, and are able to live independently of agency services.

Eligibility: ORR-eligible populations (refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certified victims of Trafficking, Amerasians, and SIVs)

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Refugee Health Promotion Program (RHP)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges for newcomers such as illness, isolation, and misinformation. Many refugees have found it difficult to navigate this new environment, as low digital literacy makes it challenging to find health information, stay up to date with changing policies, and access remote services and training. The RHP program helps clients become digitally connected and promotes understanding of COVID-19 topics and other heath information. 

 Eligibility: ORR-eligible populations (refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certified victims of Trafficking, Amerasians, and SIVs). Special priority is given to individuals in their first 24 months of arrival to the U.S.

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Good Job, Happy Family Program (GJHF)

GJHF is a holistic, family-based extended-services program. Family members set goals that promote integration and connection to resources for English learning, career training, transportation, and financial literacy. The program serves families within 1-3 years of arrival to the U.S. and lasts until participants’ goals are completed or for a maximum of one year.

Eligibility: Families must be TANF-eligible (have children under age 18) and be ORR-eligible (refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certified victims of trafficking, Amerasians, and SIVs)

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Girls Who Code

As a local chapter of the national GWC organization, CWS Lancaster’s GWC program empowers refugee and immigrant women to develop coding skills, improve digital literacy, and explore careers in STEM. Offering a safe venue for positive social interaction, self-expression, and emotional growth. GWC equips students with the confidence they need to navigate the challenges they face as newcomers. Our local chapter supports participants as they chart a successful path for their futures—transferring critical skills in technology and problem solving to their educational journeys and career aspirations.

Eligibility: Refugees and other Immigrants, females, ages 11-21 years

Photo: Sam Feibel

2020 Program Statistics

Clients Enrolled In Preferred Communities Program

Clients Served by the Refugee Cultural Navigator

Chromebooks Purchased to Promote Digital Literacy Efforts

Community Individuals Trained in the Refugee Journey