African Refugee Immigrant Organization (ARIO) is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-religious and non-discriminating community-based organization based in Portland, Oregon. It was established by intellectual youth who saw the growing need of African Refugee and Immigrant families in Oregon with aim of providing culturally specific services to new arrivals in Oregon and those who are still navigating their lives in the State.

Our organization’s mission is to facilitate the full and complete social integration, emotional adjustment and stability, and the cultural transition of the African Refugee and immigrant community to life in Oregon. We Promote diversity and raise the voices of community actors in workforce development, community education, public bodies, arts, and cultural expression, transportation, housing, justice reform and leadership structures. We Engage with public and private entities to influence long-term goals of social justice, economic parity, educational excellence, and to improve social and emotional wellness across the lifespan. 

Family and youth Advocate

We support to the families and youth to access services they need. We organize and engage the youth in sport events, beauty and art contests, fashion shows that brings community together.

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Employment and Training Services

Employment support services. We help the families with job search, resume writing, filling application form and job orientation

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Community Empowerment

We carry out community training and awareness. Leadership training

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Housing & Utility Services

This programs provides a stewardship service to the immigrant refugee families to find a suitable place to start their new life in United States.

Senior's Support Service's

Senior's support services is a program to assist Immigrant's, Refugee's and Mainstream elders by providing direct services, as well as connecting elders to essential community resources they need to live independent, healthy lives.

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  • 7535 Northeast Glisan Street, Portland, OR, USA

Gang and Youth Violence Prevention Programs

Youth violence is widespread in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Violence can also affect the health of communities. It can increase health care costs, decrease property values, and disrupt social services.

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Court Ordered Community Service

Community Service is an alternative sentencing program which the courts may use instead of fines or incarceration.

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Health Outreach and Education

Promoting a healthy and hygiene in the community. Educating the them through workshops and community awareness campaigns.

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Donation Amount

Batula Jama


Hassan Ali

Vice Board President

Abdi Somow


Abdikarim Mohamed


Fama Gedi

Community health worker

Mohamud Abdikadir

Family and Youth Advocate

Khadijo Aden

Family and Youth Advocate