Resettlement is only the first step in the long process of building a new life. CAO provides programs to support individuals in becoming self-sufficient after their initial arrival. Through a combination of community navigation, case assistance, and education programs we work hard to ensure that immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers are capable of thriving in Colorado.
CAO Community Navigators provide resources and links to systems in the U.S. to foster a better understanding of American society and culture.
We’re committed to making sure that refugee and immigrant communities have a strong network of support in place after their arrival. At CAO we make a commitment to developing authentic and supportive partnerships with other organizations and systems.
CAO plays a key role in the delivery of services for our refugee and asylum-seeking populations after initial resettlement. We engage and build the capacity of our partners to understand and deliver services in a culturally relevant manner. CAO provides fee-based, culturally-relevant education through training and presentations.
In 2015, our Community Navigators helped Denver Public Schools achieve a 17% increase in refugee languages attending Training and Leadership Development trainings and events.
Our Community Navigator team worked with Denver Public Schools to achieve a 45% increase in refugee languages attending the Superintendent Parent Forums.
Through staff and teacher surveys, 100 % of participants reportedan increase in parent understanding of the school system as a result of the community navigators' work.
Based on our history and experiences with various ethnic communities, CAO has created a powerful methodology for organizing ethnic communities of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. We focus specifically on supporting their members' unique integration journeys after their initial resettlement process. We provide training, technical assistance and peer-to-peer networking opportunities for our refugee ethnic communities.
We are currently working closely with the following refugee ethnic communities: