Mission & History

Established in 2016, Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center (UCRPC) is a private, nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code and is a collaborative community partnership that works to improve lives of refugees adjusting to life in Utah County. We provide services such as affordable housing and medical care, employment and educational services for qualified low-income refugees living in Utah County.

Our Mission Statement

With the mission to empower refugees in their quest to become self reliant, Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center programs rely on a self-sufficiency model where participants are assisted to find durable solutions through employment and other supports such as case management, housing, education and health care to transition them to a more stable livelihood.  

Since it was founded, UCRPC has developed services and programs to ensure that refugee families can provide for their basic needs, including housing and healthcare, gainful employment, and education while they integrate into new communities.

Whom we serve

Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center serves refugees who have been forced to flee their countries because of armed conflict, ethnic cleansing, regime change, forced displacement, threats to themselves and their families, and other persecution.  When they cross the border into another country, they may integrate into an urban area, or live in camps—sometimes for years, even decades, before a durable solution is found for them.

According to UNHCR, 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, but less than 1% of the 68.5 million are resettled to the United States, Canada, Australia or Europe. (www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html),(www.unhcr.org/en-us/resettlement-in-the-united-states.html). The United states used to admit about 70,000 refugees a year but during the present administration, the number of refugees admitted has dramatically declined.

On average, Utah welcomes 1,100 refugees each year. They bring skills, values, and attributes with them that make our communities vibrant and strong. While some refugees come with little education or formal job skills, others have obtained higher education and are experienced in their professional careers.

Utah is home to more than 60,000 refugees and are placed in Salt Lake County after they are resettled in Utah by the Catholic Community Services and the International Rescue Committee, where they receive case management services for 8 to 24 months.

After the government-funded refugee assistance program expires, refugees are expected to fend for themselves. UCRPC offers integration assistance beyond the government program and helps refugees relocate from Salt Lake County to other parts of Utah, where more resources are available to them. UCRPC has developed services and programs to ensure that refugee families can provide for their basic needs, including housing and healthcare, gainful employment, and education while they integrate into new communities.