IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

aka IRIS   |   New Haven, CT   |  www.irisct.org
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.
This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission

The mission of IRIS is to help refugees and other displaced people to establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut's communities. As of July 1st, 2018 IRIS has returned to the use of our old EIN. Please reference 06-0653044 for more updated information.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please note that IRIS has been operating and resettling refugees in Connecticut since 1982. Previously, we were a program of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, operating under the legal name Episcopal Social Services of the Diocese of CT, Inc and the EIN 06-0653044. As of 1/1/18, we'll be operating under a legal name (the name we've been doing business by for over 10 years) and a new EIN issued by the IRS in 2017. But nothing about our mission or programs has changed! For financial information, please search for EIN 06-0653044 and find our 990s and audited financial statements for past years. Contact [email protected] with any questions. Thanks for your interest!

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Chris George

Main address

235 Nicoll St 2nd Flr

New Haven, CT 06511 USA

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EIN

61-1764307

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Case Management

Case management lies at the heart of IRIS's programs. Every refugee family is assigned a case manager to coordinate basic needs-- including housing, food, clothing, and public benefits-- and help the family craft plans for its future. Case managers are the first point of contact for every refugee and play an important role in easing refugees' transition into US culture and society. IRIS has eight full-time and one part-time staff members in case management. The case management budget includes direct assistance to refugees--such as housing expenses (security deposits, rent, utilities, furniture and housing supplies), food, clothing, medicine, and bus passes.

Population(s) Served

Finding work is a major factor in refugees' successful resettlement in the US. Adult refugees are legally authorized to work immediately upon arrival. IRIS’s Employment Services are designed to foster economic self-sufficiency soon after refugees arrive. The employment team works one-on-one with every employable refugee to help them find and keep jobs. Many refugees, including highly qualified professionals, accept entry-level positions as a first step toward building a new life for themselves and their families. The Employment Services team also helps refugees formulate long-term goals, such as training or re-certification in their chosen fields. During FY16, 64% of IRIS's clients who were seeking employment found their first job within 4 months of arrival, and 93% were working by 6 months of arrival. Employment Services is staffed by two full-time and two part-time employees, plus several volunteers and interns.

Population(s) Served

Refugees come to the US with a variety of physical and mental health care needs. The IRIS Health and Wellness Program supports refugees of all ages in obtaining high-quality medical care. The program's chief partner is Yale-New Haven Hospital, which provides health assessments and follow-up care at the Adult and Pediatric Refugee Health Clinics. These clinics are staffed by Yale Medical School residents under the supervision of an attending physician. IRIS's Health and Wellness Program Coordinator provides extensive care coordination including: serving as a liaison with medical providers, arranging interpreters, scheduling and accompanying clients to medical appointments, obtaining test results, teaching refugees how to utilize a pharmacy, and ensuring they understand the follow-up plans. IRIS engages many volunteers in this effort, including as interpreters, advocates, and instructors who offer health literacy workshops at IRIS.

Population(s) Served

IRIS’s Education and Youth Services encompasses three programs: 1) Extensive academic support and enrichment activities for K-12 children, including a Summer Learning Program and in-school tutoring; 2) English language classes for adult refugees; and 3) Early Learning opportunities for refugees ages 1-4, including programming while their parents attend English class, and help applying for admission to preschools. Most adult refugees speak limited or no English and must improve before they will find jobs. Some children have never attended a school; others come from families in which education is highly valued. Upon arrival, few refugee children speak English and must adjust quickly to the social and intellectual demands of school in the US. Luckily, children learn languages quickly and make friends easily. To see children succeed in school and develop friendships with peers from all over the world is one of the most rewarding aspects of work at IRIS. IRIS also prepares parents to be active participants in their children's education.

Population(s) Served

Refugees who arrive in Connecticut are relieved to escape persecution and hopeful as they rebuild their lives. But for some, resettlement also brings sadness, because they have left their loved ones behind. For them, nothing is more important than being reunited.

Refugees also need legal help to become permanent residents and—five years after their arrival—to become US citizens.

Family reunification, and applying for permanent residency and citizenship, requires professional legal assistance, which can be prohibitively expensive, poor quality, or worse—fraudulent. In order to address the severe shortage of affordable and high-quality immigration attorneys, IRIS provides Immigration Legal Services.

An attorney directs the program and supervises a legal assistant, volunteer attorneys, and student interns. The program represents over 400 cases each year, and conducts workshops to teach refugees about US laws and their overall rights and responsibilities as a resident in the US.

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IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

Board of directors
as of 6/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Peter Bushnell

Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Term: 2017 - 2018

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No