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Office of Maine Refugee Services

The Office of Maine Refugee Services (OMRS), established in March 2017, is a department of Catholic Charities Maine designated by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to administer the state refugee resettlement program. ORR is a Federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that provides funding to states for interim cash and medical assistance and social services for eligible refugee populations.

The Office of Maine Refugee Services provides leadership, policy guidance and advocacy on issues affecting the refugee resettlement network in Maine. OMRS administers and awards federal funds from ORR, which includes refugee cash and medical assistance, formula and discretionary funding. This funding is awarded to service providers throughout the state.