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Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM)

 6 Pleasant Street, Suite 612
 Malden, MA 02148
[P] (781) 322-1011 x 302
[F] (781) 322-1013
Ruth Bersin
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EIN 04-3200436

LAST UPDATED: 10/02/2015
Organization DBA RIM
Refugee Immigration Ministry
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Our Mission: "Building Community With Uprooted People to Serve the Common Good."

Mission Statement

Our Mission: "Building Community With Uprooted People to Serve the Common Good."

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $250,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Case Management
  • Employment Services
  • Programs
  • Spiritual Care Giver's

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Mission Statement

Our Mission: "Building Community With Uprooted People to Serve the Common Good."

Background Statement

RIM was founded in 1986 to serve as a chaplaincy program for immigrant detainees. In the year 2000, RIM began to build Clusters (several congregations working together to provide basic social services) which work with individual clients and provide social support, housing, acculturation, food, volunteer opportunities and job preparation. In 2004, RIM opened a computer lab for clients to use in upgrading their skills while they wait for work authorization and in 2006, RIM began to offer ESL lessons in Malden. RIM is developing new programs to offer additional support for clients. These include: building health care networks, expanding our Cluster program and our volunteer program.  

Impact Statement

Refugee Immigration Ministry works with asylum seekers and other immigrants in the community. Services include: community-based resettlement, English second Language instruction, job development, and case management.

Needs Statement

RIM needs funds to sustain our Community-based resettlement by building additional Clusters  which local groups, formed by collaborating congregations of various faiths,  which welcome clients into the community and help them to adapt to their new life.  RIM plans to build a hospitality house where clients can stay while they wait for Cluster placement. RIM also needs funds to provide ESL tutoring and computer instruction.  RIM  also is looking for job opportunities which will allow clients to work and become self-sufficient. You can help welcome them by making a contribution: A contribution of $500 would pay rent for a client for 1 month. A contribution of $150 would pay for transporation for 3 months.
RIM needs to expand the Spiritual Care Giver's Program (which is training volunteers to visit immigrant detainees) beyond the current visitation in Suffolk County House of Corrections.

CEO Statement

"It is a privilege to work with clients from many parts of the world and to share in their journey. The resiliency and faith which sustains them is an inspiration to all of us. We welcome volunteers who want to participate in providing resources for our clients. As one client said, "You took me from nowhere to somewhere." Volunteers are need to help create the "somewhere" that is safe and supportive. We are convinced that providing community-based support is vital for recovery and healing of those who have been through the horrific trauma which caused them to flee their homeland. They are talented resilient people who, as those who have come in previous generations, have much to offer our communities. Welcoming them in community is the way, we believe can move them into that contributing mode the most effectively and efficiently .  

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Eastern Massachusetts

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Ethnic/Immigrant Services
  2. Education - Adult Education
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Humanities

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Case Management

Case Management
Budget  $91,350.
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other Refugee Relief
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees At-Risk Populations Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success 
Clients are working
Program Long-Term Success 
Case Management is very important in guiding not only the client, but the volunteers who are assisting the client. The goals are to work toward self-sufficiency and to guide all of the efforts in that direction.
Program Success Monitored By 
Feedback from clients and from volunteers.
Examples of Program Success 
Clients are working.
Clients are adjusting to the new culture
Clients are feeling they have a support system within the host culture.

Employment Services

RIM trains volunteer tutors to assist with English classes for clients and for residents of the surrounding community who want to learn English.  We also work with a volunteer network to find employment.
Budget  $17,000.
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Asia Latin America & the Caribbean
Program Short-Term Success 
RIM has a curriculum which allows  students to learn at their own rate. Some come for 2-3 hours per day and some come weekly. This program is expanding and needs to expand further to meet the demand.
Program Long-Term Success 
Students are learning and are then able to become employed.
Program Success Monitored By 
The capacity of students to speak English
Examples of Program Success 
Students who have been through the program and are now working and have achieved independence.


Community-based clusters which offer basic social services to clients until they are resettled. (50)
Budget  $45,200
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other Refugee Relief
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Homeless At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
All clients are led to a position of self-sufficiency and are ready to become contributing members of the community.
Program Long-Term Success  RIM has 6 clusters which have worked with asylees, refugees and asylum seekers.
Program Success Monitored By 
Staff meets regularly with Clusters and Case Managers work with clients to achieve agreed upon milestones toward independence.
Examples of Program Success 
Clients talk about the support and how it helped them to regain their humanity. Many have reentered their professions: medicine, teaching, sales, ministry, and nursing. Many are volunteering to help new arrivals.

Spiritual Care Giver's

Chaplaincy services for immigrant detainees at Suffolk County House of Corrections.
Budget  $14,150
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Inmate Support
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees International At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
The Correction Officers tell us that this program helps to humanize the population.
Program Long-Term Success 
This program offers support to detainees. Some are asylum seekers and some are being deported. By providing humane support to those who have failed here, perhaps, they can begin again once they return to their country of origin. In the case of asylum seekers, sometimes we can get them the needed support to pursue their immigration case.
Program Success Monitored By 
We meet with the volunteers for debriefing.
Training is provided annually in several languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese.
Examples of Program Success 
"I have not had a chance to talk to anyone about my situation."
Thank you for listening!

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Due to the demand for these programs there is a need to recruit more volunteers, create new Clusters and expand our programs.
The clients are often living at the edge. A monthly contribution of $150 can assist with transportation and provide cash for incidentals.
There is a big need for funding to house asylum seekers who are not eligible for any benefits. $1000 will provide housing, utilities and food for  a family for a month.


CEO/Executive Director The Rev. Ruth H. Bersin Ph.D.
CEO Term Start Apr 1998
CEO Email
CEO Experience The Rev. Dr. Ruth Bersin, CFRE, RIM's Executive Director, has worked in immigrant issues since 1978 when she began a refugee program for CWS in California. She also began the Interfaith Refugee Ministries in New Haven in 1982. She was Executive Director for Tokyo English Life Line from 1989-1992. She is an Episcopal Priest, a member of American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the Association of Trauma Stress Specialists and a Pastoral Psychotherapist at the New England Pastoral Institute. She has had chaplaincy training in a reform school, a medical center and specialized training for police chaplaincy. She has trained lay-chaplains for detention across the country. Dr. Bersin has done work on Spirituality in the Recovery Process after Traumatic Experience and has given papers on the subject to conferences including the Episcopal East Coast Military Chaplains Conference, Association of Trauma Stress Specialists, and American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She has published an article: "Healing Traumatic Memories: A Spiritual Journey." in Theological Literacy for the 21st Century, Eerdmans, 2002. She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and a CFRE.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Angelica Harter Apr 1991 Apr 1998
Rev, Constance Hammond Apr 1986 Apr 1991

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Rev, Isaac Seelam MA, MTh, STM Congregational Coordinator --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) --
Associated Grant Makers --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
American Association of Pastoral Counselors --
Association of Fundraising Professionals --


Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston Medical Center, Dana Farber and Boston Children's Hospital, PAIR Project, Greater Boston Legal Services, New England Pastoral Institute, International Institute of Boston, Jewish Vocational Services, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Lutheran Social Services

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

A Point of Clarification: The Executive Director is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and also American Association of Fund raising Professionals, the agency is not accredited by either.
RIM has a strong division of labor and a collaboration among Senior Staff members. Each  Senior Staff member works with volunteers and other staff to accomplish the following:
Executive Director is responsible for fund raising,publicity, program development, training and coordination of finance committee.
Director of Client Services is responsible for all Case Management and works with volunteers to help all volunteer work to be done within a Case Management plan.
Director of Volunteers supervises the work of Clusters, schedules the tutors for the ESOL program, manages the work/study program with serveral universities and assigns office volunteers to staff.
The management team works closely and is crossed trained to be able to cover for each others as needed. They meet weekly to plan and each holds supervisory meetings with staff and volunteers assigned to him or her.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial General Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. James F. Corbett
Board Chair Company Affiliation ModusLink Global Solutions
Board Chair Term Feb 2015 - Feb 2016
Board Co-Chair Rev. Rodney L. Petersen Ph.D.
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Boston Theological Institute
Board Co-Chair Term Feb 2015 - Feb 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Daphane Charlton community volunteer Voting
James F. Corbett Community Volunteer Voting
Dawit Dabulo Community Volunteer Voting
Jennifer Mitrano Community Volunteer Voting
Rev. Rodney Petersen Ph.D. Boston Theological Institute Voting
Kevin Porter TABCOM Voting
Sarbpreet Singh Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Andrea DeMeo Community Volunteer Voting
Jennifer Guterman Community Volunteer Voting

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
The Rev. Basile Bazina Community Volunteer Voting
Fr. John Clark Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Marian Craighill M.D. Community Volunteer Voting
The Rev. Lisa Fortuna M.D. Community Volunteer Voting
The Rev. Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa Th.D. RIM Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • By-laws
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

RIM has the opportunity to expand existing and develop new programs to serve the common good. Integration and governance are very important at this stage. As RIM advances to a program based organization we are building an integration between board and staff to insure integrity and transparency in terms of financial and regulatory obligations as well as operational development.
As board members complete their terms we are looking closely
at new candidates to bring on based on aspects such as past involvement and or donations to RIM and specific skills and fund raising potential. We intend the RIM board to take a more active role in fund raising, event planning and special programs.
The first key program for the coming year will be the 2015 Capital Campaign which will have 2 primary goals; the establishment of a
multi-resident RIM Hospitality Home in the Boston area that will be used to house Asylum Seekers for the few months needed to receive their work authorization and become self-sufficient. The current alternative is often homelessness or detention which is demoralizing and degrading for these persons who have often performed heroically to make it this far.
The second objective of the campaign will be to institute a long term Reserve Fund that will provide RIM with financial stability in
times of economic downturn.
RIM is poised to play a major role in the building and strengthing of our communities over the next decade by providing esential services to those who come here, in the American tradition, to seek a better life for them and their families.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $250,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

2008 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Review

2009 Review

2008 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $284,868 $323,915 $243,392
Total Expenses $347,997 $295,508 $255,209

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$219,957 $219,579 $177,260
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $50,491 $76,562 $33,968
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $685 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $13,544 $23,832 $26,830
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $191 $3,942 $5,334

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $314,279 $252,582 $216,380
Administration Expense $33,718 $42,926 $38,829
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.82 1.10 0.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 85% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $24,884 $40,402 $36,000
Current Assets $24,884 $40,402 $36,000
Long-Term Liabilities $30,380 $32,699 $37,199
Current Liabilities $102,140 $52,210 $71,715
Total Net Assets $-107,636 $-44,507 $-72,914

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose The Capital Campaign will be designed to establish a Hospitality House for arriving clients and to build a reserve fund which will assist with cash flow.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.24 0.77 0.50

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 122% 81% 103%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have been through a difficult time as refugee resettlement ground to a halt in 2010. We are starting up again and have developed some new programs. We look forward to a stronger program as a result.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's reviewed financials. 


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The unique feature of RIM's programs is that they are community-based. This allows clients to become integrated into their new community.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

1. Clusters which are community based groups of volunteers provide basic resettlement services according to a case management plan.

2. ESOL classes are taught by volunteers who also engage clients with the community.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

RIM has strong training programs for volunteers and works with about 200 volunteers.

RIM has a strong Case Management program to provide professional supervision to volunteer work.
 RIM has training programs for Clusters, for Spiritual Care Givers, Host Homes and ESOL tutors.  

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

By interviews of clients.

By the number of people working.

By the number of clients who have reclaimed their professions by getting recredentialed. 

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

RIM has a very high level of employment and the goal for each client is independence and self-sufficiency.