Refugee Services Study Released

08 October 2015 Published in News & Updates

Utah Nonprofits Association Announces Findings from a Yearlong Study on Utah Nonprofits Serving the Refugee Community

Funded by Goldman Sachs Bank USA and Research Conducted by Emperitas

Salt Lake City, UT (September 21, 2015) – Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) announced the release of the results from a yearlong study about Utah organizations serving the refugee community. The following is an overview of the study's objectives:

  1. Identify and quantify refugee service organizations and/or programs in the state.
  2. Collect any and all relevant refugee data on service organizations and/or program throughout the state.
  3. Create and compile all collected refugee services data into a structured data set.
  4. Provide a refugee services analysis and mapping report of refugee service organizations and programs throughout the state.
  5. Identify any patterns, key findings, and organizational opportunities within the refugee service provider community.

The results of this study were presented by Emperitas at UNA's Annual Conference on September 24. The findings from the study are meant to provide data for decision makers to target resources to the areas of greatest need and assist in identifying collaborative opportunities for those working in this important sector.

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Each year, Utah welcomes more than 1,000 refugees; providing persecuted people asylum and a safe haven when they are at their most vulnerable, as well as the support to help them recover from their losses and start their lives anew. This fragile and complex population receives assistance that has evolved from a handful of basic services to over 220 programs provided by government entities, educational and religious institutions, and nonprofit organizations. It is estimated that over 60,000 refugees have resettled in the Utah. Goldman Sachs has a long-standing commitment to supporting Utah's refugee community and had provided funding UNA for research. UNA contracted with Emperitas to research and report on Utah's refugee service provider's community.

Pearl Wright, Interim Director of Utah Nonprofits Association states, "UNA is grateful for Goldman Sachs support on this project. The Department of Workforce Services has done a great job in identifying, coordinating and supporting many of the organizations working in this area. This project provided deeper data on services, capacity, and outcomes of over 240 existing programs serving refugees and gives the state a great starting point on discussing collaborative opportunities for those working in this important sector."

John Olson, Vice President and CRA Officer of Goldman Sachs Bank USA said, "We're happy to support the Utah Nonprofits Association in this important work. Identifying patterns, key findings, and organizational opportunities within the refugee service provider community will help inform the work of the whole sector."

Utah's Refugee Community: Each year Utah welcomes more than a thousand refugees to our state, providing persecuted people asylum, a safe haven when they are at their most vulnerable and the support to help them recover from their losses and start their lives anew. This fragile and complex population receives assistance according to the Refugee Resource Manual https://jobs.utah.gov/refugee/resources/manual/rsomanual.pdf

Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) is the umbrella membership association of nonprofit organizations in Utah, with a mission to unify, strengthen, and elevate Utah's nonprofits. As a neutral entity in the business, government and the nonprofit sector, UNA was ideally positioned to partner with Goldman Sachs on this initiative. UNA worked with the Department of Workforce Services, United Way of Salt Lake, University of Utah Masters of Public Administration program, International Rescue Committee, Refugee and Immigrant Center-Asian Association, Catholic Community Services and many others to ensuring the success of this project.