Clearinghouse Resource


The Welcome Set


Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center


Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

2004, 102 pages

Description of Resource

This welcome set and complementary DVD provide refugees being resettled in the United States with general information about services available to them during their first few months in the country. Newcomers to the U.S. get information about: (1) pre-arrival requirements,  (2) services and accommodations provided by the resettlement agency; (3) temporary assistance offered by community service organizations, government assistance, and public services; (4) housing options as well as leasing and housing laws; (5) transportation; (6) employment; (7) public education; (8) health care; (9) money management; (10) refugees' rights and responsibilities; (11) basic American values, attitudes, and behavior; and (12) how to cope with culture shock and the stress of changing roles within families. With this information, refugees can develop realistic expectations of life in the U.S.


Arabic, Burmese, Chin, English, Farsi, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Vietnamese