Refugee Center (RC) - IU13
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Refugee Center at Reynolds Middle School

A Project of the Rotary Club of Lancaster

Refugee Center clients

IU13 Community Education is proud to be the lead agency for a Refugee Center housed at Reynolds Middle School, School District of Lancaster (SDOL).

The Refugee Center (RC) focuses on aiding refugees and immigrants both within and outside the district to provide education, integration, wellness, and work leading to self-sufficiency.


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Our Services

The Refugee Center is federally and privately funded to provide career guidance to English Learners (ELs) who are in pursuit of employment in Lancaster County. English learners work with cultural navigators to identify the steps needed to reclaim their careers in the U.S. Tuition support is available for eligible participants. Guidance includes assisting ELs in gaining translation or evaluation of an international credential, certification in a new career, college credits, and more.

These FREE career pathways services are available for refugees, immigrants, and asylees. To apply or to recommend a participant, call Katee Wodarczyk at 717-947-1434 or email at

Cultural Navigation for Schools

Bilingual Cultural Navigators work with children and adults to connect them with social, educational, and medical opportunities that empower families. School navigation services are designed to help refugee and immigrant students successfully integrate into school life in the U.S. Cultural Navigators speak a variety of refugee-specific languages and work collaboratively with families to assess current school and academic needs and goals. Cultural Navigators also advocate for equitable access to education in partnership with families. 

Professional development is available for school staff on effective ways to engage with refugee and immigrant families. Examples of navigation services in the schools include Teaching High School Students about Refugees (a free resource for high school teachers), events & workshops, and a hygiene program. We have provided services at the following locations:

  • School District of Lancaster
  • Cocalico School District
  • Lancaster County CTC
  • Lebanon School District
  • Penn Manor School District

For more information on our services contact us at: or call us at 717-947-1710.

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Ways to Get Involved

Interested in Volunteering?

We have a wide array of opportunities to get involved with our center either to increase staff capacity or to provide direct services! While some opportunities involve working specifically with Lancaster’s refugee and immigrant population, others involve supporting Reynolds Middle School (RMS) students in general. For volunteer opportunities contact the Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds at

The International Dinner

The International Dinner is a family engagement event hosted at Reynolds Middle School to celebrate the diversity of our students and families. The night is filled with enjoying cuisines from different cultures, a fashion show, music, and other fun activities. We are always seeking donations from local businesses to help supply prizes for our raffle and extra food for families. Volunteers for this event have helped in the planning process, picked up food, set up the event, and helped clean up after the event.

The Secret Angel Project

Each year, the Refugee Center and Community School seeks individuals to fill gift bags for Reynolds Middle School students who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holidays. Last year, RCCSR partnered with the Rotary Club of Lancaster, Millersville University, and Islamic Community Center of Lancaster (ICCL) to provide 141 gift bags to students.

The Women and Girls’ Empowerment Banquet

The Women and Girls’ Empowerment Banquet is an annual event to bring together refugee & immigrant women and their daughters to foster community, self-love, and career readiness. This event is filled with appreciation and strong women, and it inspires young girls, ready to take on their futures. Check back in 2021 for more programming, which will include a hair braiding and beauty workshop. If you or your organization would like to get involved in future programming, please contact the Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds.

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Partnering with Our Community

How Your Donations Impact the Community

Your donation will provide an opportunity for refugee/immigrant adults and students to continue their education in order to achieve their career goals in the United States. The hygiene program, welcoming schools orientation, women and girls empowerment banquet, and career pathways programs are examples of how your funds will be used to ensure refugees/immigrants have equitable access to health, social, and educational opportunities.

Your donations are collected, tracked and disseminated through the Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation, which serves as the charitable arm of the IU13. Click here to donate today!