Services for Refugees & Immigrants

Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds (RCCSR):
A Project of the Rotary Club of Lancaster 

IU13 is proud to be the lead agency in a partnership to create a community center housed at Reynolds Middle School (School District of Lancaster) with a focus on refugees and immigrants, with the mission to engage community members in opportunities for education, integration, wellness, and work leading to self-sufficiency and enrichment.


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Services and supports provided include:

Helping ChildrenHelping Children
Succeed in School:


  • Extended day programming
  • Uniform bank
  • Support for connecting to school and advocating for their child’s education
  • Additional ESL services before or after school

Helping FamiliesHelping Families
Meet Their
Daily Needs:


  • Health services
  • Wellness groups
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Empower Kits, provided by Power Packs
  • Parent workshops

Helping AdultsHelping Adults
Join Our Community:


Upcoming Parent Workshops

All workshops are free. Pre-registration is required. Please contact us at 717-947-1489 or via email at Jalilah_yacoub@iu13.org to register or with any questions.

RCCSR Mental Health Workshops:

A Licensed PA Counselor answers questions raised by Refugee/Immigrant families regarding mental health and other daily basis issues and helps connect this group of people to other service agencies.

  • Where: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 West Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Time: 9-10 AM
  • Dates:

    2018
    Friday, September 7th: Making Friends in New Places
    Friday, October 5th: What Does That Mean? (Understanding New U.S Phrases and Traditions)
    Friday, November 2nd: Who Supports You?
    Friday, December 7th: Celebrating U.S. Holidays

    2019
    Friday, January 4th: Parenting Teens
    Friday, February 1st: Keeping Our Cultures in a New Place
    Friday, March 1st: Helping Aging Parents
    Friday, April 5th: Missing Old Homes
    Friday, May 3rd: Taking Care of Ourselves (Tips for Nutrition, Exercise, and Peace of Mind)

RCCSR Yoga Workshops:

Trained Yoga instructors from AIM to Empower conduct this workshop that contributes and promotes mindfulness. We serve light refreshments at this workshop. 

  • Where: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 West Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Time: 6-7:30 PM
  • Dates:

    2018
    Wednesday, September 19th
    Wednesday, October 17th
    Wednesday, November 14th
    Wednesday, December 12th

    2019
    Wednesday, January 16th
    Wednesday, February 20th
    Wednesday, March, 20th
    Wednesday, April, 18th
    Wednesday, May, 22nd

Meet Our Students

We are proud to serve hundreds of refugee students every year, along with their families. Meet some of these students below, courtesy of the School District of Lancaster

Meet Renata,
an 8th grade student from Uganda:

Meet Mi Mi, 
a 7th grade student from Thailand:

Get Involved

We have a wide array of opportunities to get involved with our center! While some opportunities are directly related to working with Lancaster’s refugee and immigrant population, others work with our Reynolds Middle School students in general or serve to increase the capacity of our center’s staff.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds, please reach out to Jane Myers at jane@getliterate.org.

Our Partners

The Refugee Center and Community School serves as the hub of activity for community partners:

  • IU13 is the lead agency and will provide a community school director and services including ESL tutoring, afterschool programming, and parent engagement activities. IU13 will provide technical support for the data collection and analysis system.

  • Literacy Council (Lit Co) will serve as the lead agency for United Way funding, coordinating project activities. Lit Co will provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, academic skills, GED preparation, career pathways and post-secondary education preparation.

  • Church World Service (CWS) and Bethany Christian Services (BCS) will provide cultural orientation classes that support self-sufficiency through education in financial literacy, health and employment. BCS will provide mentors who assist refugees in achieving career goals.

  • Lancaster Health Center will provide a medical home for immigrants and refugees at the Community School, including dental screening and primary medical services.

  • School District of Lancaster (SDoL) will provide space at Reynolds Middle School for the Community School and evening access for community programming. SDoL will provide a framework for Community School management and guide the collaborative in strategies for engaging the school community. In addition, SDoL will provide 21st Century Community Learning Center Extended Day Programming.

  • Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) will provide student interns and supervise an AmeriCorps VISTA who will support the work of this project.

Learn more

Explore Refugee/Immigrant Services