Global Friends Orientation Packet (click to download)
Global Friends Resource Guide for Refugees and Mentors (click to download)
Citizenship Study Materials (click to view materials)
Welcoming Community Roadmap
Grand Forks is striving to be a city that welcomes newcomers. A five-year strategic plan, developed with a technical assistance grant from Welcoming American and New American Economy, was endorsed by the City Council in November 2018. The project was launched in January 2019. Global Friends Coalition plays a role in the Welcoming Community Roadmap.
Cultural Orientation Resource Center
The Cultural Orientation Resource Center provides technical assistance regarding new refugee groups and the orientation they receive either before their resettlement in the United States or after their arrival.
New American Services (NAS)
New American Services (NAS) is a program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) that works with the United States Government to help refugees establish a home in North Dakota after they are approved for admittance into our country. The goal of NAS is to help refugees achieve economic self-sufficiency as soon as possible. Partnerships play a vital role in a successful resettlement experience. NAS works with many state and local agencies including the North Dakota Department of Human Services, the public schools, churches, health care organizations, social service agencies, adult learning centers, civic groups, employers, plus individual volunteers and mentors.
Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB)
Open seven days a week, the Visitor Center is a friendly stopping point for information on area and statewide attractions, shops, restaurants, and accommodations. The CVB's professional travel counselors are ready to help, whether you're planning a family vacation, a business meeting or a major convention.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a statewide social services ministry that provides a lifespan of care to individuals, families and communities. Over 68,000 people were served through the agency's 19 programs this past year. Lutheran Social Services puts faith into action by working to prevent child abuse and neglect, helping troubled youth get back on track and providing addiction and mental health counseling and treatment. The agency also addresses community concerns such as hunger relief, the rural housing shortage and disaster recovery. Lutheran Social Services provides assistance without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons.
City of Grand Forks
Official website of the City of Grand Forks. Information on city attractions, services, voter information, and history.