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Resources > Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, Inc. (FIRM)

Phone: 559 487-1500
Fax: 559 487-1550
Languages Spoken: Lao


1940 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703
Phone: 559 487-1500
Fax: 559 487-1550

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FIRM, Inc. is a faith-based 501c-3 nonprofit incorporated in January of 1994. FIRM yearly serves 6,500+ SE Asian, Slavic, and African refugees through holistic neighborhood/youth outreach and enrichment programs, elder citizenship, hot meals and advocacy, community gardens, health navigation and policy work, culturally appropriate community organizing, mental health support, state-licensed preschool, family mentoring and support services, employment projects, English classes, and theological education. 

Prior to incorporation, organizational founders worked for many years with refugee resettlement and volunteer services through multiple denominations and in partnership with Church World Service. Most members of FIRM's approximately 35 staff entered the U.S. with refugee status, and all have had significant international work and living experiences.

Today FIRM--as one of the country's uniquely interdenominational faith-based refugee ministries team--provides cross-cultural resources, consultations and referrals for refugees. FIRM also provides presentations to promote understanding about and between the Southeast Asian, Slavic, Hispanic, and other refugee cultures in the United States.

FIRM serves refugee families of all cultures and religious traditions, and participation in religious services or adherence to a particular religious belief is not required to receive services. However, FIRM's motivation and mission is to "share Christ's love by building communities of hope with New Americans." Whenever interest is present, FIRM staff assist refugees in linking with one of our city's refugee community or mainstream congregations.

FIRM's deep commitment to excellence in service has led it to receive numerous awards such as "Outstanding Performance in Community Economic Development and Revitalization"; "Outstanding Service and Leadership in the Community"; the "Martin Luther King Community Service Award" from the City of Fresno; the "Vocational Excellence Award" from the Fresno Rotary Club; and numerous other humanitarian and service commendations from state and national legislators for superior performance in public service. As a holistic service organization, FIRM is well trusted among refugee community members, an refugee community members make up more than ½ of FIRM's board. FIRM's work is supported by funds from individuals, churches, service clubs and grant sources such as Workforce Investment, United Way, Fresno Surgery Center, Self Development of People and The California Endowment. Last year, FIRM's budget was approximately $1.3 million.