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Manchester, NH

About our Manchester site

IINE-Manchester provides vital support and assistance to Manchester’s refugee and immigrant community.  Manchester has welcomed refugees in partnership with IINE since 1994. Today, IINE Manchester resettled refugees from all over the world with predominant populations from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Somalia, and Syria. Upon arrival in New Hampshire, refugees are welcomed with a basic home and are guided by IINE through the beginning phases of the integration process. The International Institute provides an array of support services starting with the initial resettlement program that lasts for a short 90 days.  Support services are focused on helping refugees and immigrants successfully transition into their new lives in the United States and include job placements services, classroom support for refugee youth, cultural adjustment programming, English language instruction, critical medical case management, and extended case management support for individuals working to overcome additional barriers to successful integration.

Manchester site programs & services

Refugee Resettlement

Reception and welcoming of new Americans in the Manchester and Nashua communities. Resettlement includes an intensive 30 day support period to help connect families with housing, food, financial assistance, and cultural supports.

Case Management

support services to facilitate ongoing access to basic needs, remove barriers to self-sufficiency, and to promote self-efficacy.

Civic Engagement

Trained program staff screen potential applicants and provide pro bono assistance to eligible legal permanent residents with the naturalization process.

Education

Language training for adult English for Speakers of Other Languages with a focus on college and career readiness. Clients increase their English language skills and receive coaching to help them meet their educational and vocational goals.

Refugee School Impact

In partnership with the Manchester School District, academic and social adjustment support for refugee children entering and graduating from K-12 education.

Employment

Job preparation, training, search, placement, and retention services that help refugees and immigrants prepare for and access quality jobs and careers.

Extended Cultural Orientation

Provide extended cultural orientation training to support successful integration and self-sufficiency.

English Language and Literacy Classes

Contextualized vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program that helps clients acquire English language and literacy skills as well as vocational training in partnership with area employers.  Both day and evening classes are available for literacy, basic, intermediate, and advanced levels focusing on college and career readiness.  Students will be tested for appropriate class placement.

Walk-In Services

IINE Manchester office is open Wednesday from 9:00am-1:00 pm for our walk-in clinic.  Services or referral support will be provided to anyone seeking assistance during Walk-in Services.

Manchester site related news

IINE Statement on Public Charge Policy changes

The Trump Administration's new "Public Charge" policy will limit the ability of legally-admitted, tax-paying immigrants to become permanent residents and citizens of the U.S. The International Institute of New England condemns this xenophobic policy as un-American and [...]

Meet Hailu: one of our newest citizens

Hailu is from Ethiopia. Earlier this year, he hired IINE's Legal Immigration Forms Service (LIFS) for help with his citizenship application. Ashley Wellbrock took on Hailu's case, prepared his application and forms, and helped him get ready [...]

IINE featured on NHPR, New Hampshire Public Radio

In the run up to World Refugee Day, IINE CEO Jeff Thielman was invited to appear on “The Exchange,”  with two former refugees and radio host Laura Knoy to talk about the current state of refugee resettlement [...]

Ten Minutes from Home, A World Away

When Jordan, a senior at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, signed up for a “Winter Break Community Service” trip through the college’s Campus Ministry office, she said she was surprised to learn her service assignment was [...]


Our thanks to the NH Women’s Foundation for their support of programming for refugee women.