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Mission


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Mission


 

everyone needs a place to call home

Colorado African Organization (CAO) is a nonprofit organization that exists to support Colorado’s refugee, immigrant, and asylum-seeking populations in their pursuit of integration, self-sufficiency and freedom. 

 

Self-Sufficiency

CAO provides programs to support individuals and families in becoming self-sufficient after initial resettlement or arrival.

Local Integration

Following resettlement, CAO provides opportunities for local integration by building, supporting and strengthening our refugee communities through community organizing and organizational development.

Partner Capacity

CAO builds the capacity of our community partners to understand and deliver services in a culturally relevant manner.

 
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Populations We Serve


Populations We Serve


who are we talking about?

 

refugee

[ noun ]

a person who is outside of the United States and unable to return to their country of nationality on account of a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion

 

asylum-seeker

[ noun ]

a person who is inside the United States, or at a United States port of entry, and unable to return to their country of nationality on account of a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion

 

naturalized citizen

[ noun ]

a person who was born in another country, but has lawfully become a citizen of the United States under the U.S. Constitution and laws, after first having five years of permanent residency in the United States

 
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Stories


Stories


their stories are more powerful than you could ever imagine

 

"I LIVED IN A BHUTANESE REFUGEE CAMP IN NEPAL FOR 19 YEARS."

- SHER, BHUTAN

"WHEN I FLED THE JUNGLE, I NEVER DREAMED THAT I WOULD BECOME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN."

- KAPAW, BURMA

"I WAS ONLY SIXTEEN YEARS OLD WHEN I LEFT AFRICA, JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE. IT TAKES COURAGE TO BE A REFUGEE."

- GEORGETTE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

 
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Impact


Impact


a local home for a global community

Colorado African Organization (CAO) is a local home for an international community. We work with partners to support refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants on their paths toward self-sufficiency, integration, and freedom. At CAO, our approach to client engagement and service delivery is unique in the breadth of support it offers. Within the greater landscape of lay health workers that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, our model combines community engagement with holistic case management to support successful integration over time.

 
 
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THE PERCENTAGE OF ALL REFUGEES RESETTLED IN COLORADO IN THE PAST 5 YEARS THAT CAO HAS THE CROSS-CULTURAL COMPETENCY TO ASSIST

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CAO ASSISTS NEARLY 500 CLIENTS EACH YEAR

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CAO PROVIDES OUTREACH AND EDUCATION FOR OVER 3,000 INDIVIDUALS EACH YEAR