About New American Pathways
New American Pathways was founded on October 1, 2014, through the merger of Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) and Refugee Family Services (RFS). RRISA and RFS shared a deep legacy of service to the immigrant and refugee community in metro Atlanta. For more than two decades, the organizations provided complementary services ranging from initial resettlement to literacy, employment, youth education and school services, and immigration and citizenship assistance.
Today New American Pathways has a unique continuum of services that results in better outcomes for new Americans of all ages and at all stages of self-sufficiency. Staff serve 3,500 refugees and immigrants a year, working with them from the moment they set foot in Georgia through their journey to citizenship and beyond, providing proven tools and pathways to develop and contribute their special skills and talents to strengthening the American workforce and helping Georgia thrive.
Who are New Americans?
New Americans are immigrants who have made the United States their home. There are many types of new Americans such as migrants, refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders. The New American Network’s predecessor, DeKalb County Resource Guide: A Guide to Refugee Friendly Resources, was initially intended to serve refugees. Today the New American Network is intended for the entire new American community living in and around DeKalb County, which includes all types of new Americans, their families, their neighbors, their service providers, and anyone else who interacts with new Americans. It is also available to anyone who is interested in accessing information about services and opportunities in DeKalb County.
This site would not be possible without the support of the following organizations and their wonderful staff:
- CDF Action
- The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta
- New American Pathways
- The Office of Refugee Resettlement (An office of the Administration of Children and Families)