Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) is a local non-profit organization that serves the needs of the immigrant community in Columbus as well as elsewhere in Central Ohio. In a larger context, it is an affiliate of Church World Service (although it is not a church), and it works with the US State Department to help resettle refugees. CRIS is served by about 50 members who speak dozens of different languages.
Refugee resettlement is not all that CRIS does, however — in fact, it provides such a comprehensive range of services to immigrants that it has definitely taken its place as one of Ohio’s most prominent organizations serving this population. It provides immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers with various assistance including:(but not limited to) parenting classes, occupational training, ESL classes, and health programs.