Press Statement | June 14, 2024

Arlington, Virginia – ECDC, a dedicated national partner in refugee resettlement for 33 years and immigrant assistance since 1983, is pleased to announce that it will be welcoming refugee newcomers at its new site in Houston, Texas.

“As one of the founding forces behind our affiliate agency, we have a long history of providing essential support to refugees and immigrants in Houston.  In recent years, we served significant number of refugees in Houston through our affiliate office, and we are now ready to enhance our presence and impact by opening our own branch office,” said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., president and CEO of ECDC, who is currently in Houston to oversee the transition.

Our new branch office, the ECDC-Houston Multicultural Center (ECDC-HMC), represents a significant step forward in our commitment to service. Supported by stakeholders, this decision underscores our dedication to placing client services at the forefront of our principles. The past few months have been dedicated to ensuring a seamless transition in service delivery.

“There will be no gap in the services,” says Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, currently in Houston. “We are proud of the work we have done through our affiliate office and are excited about the opportunities this new branch will bring. Our commitment to the refugees and immigrants we serve remains unwavering.”

Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., president and CEO of ECDC, Miriam Diria, Director of the newly established ECDC branch office, the Houston Multicultural Center (ECDC-HMC), and Allene Wright, ECDC’s Vice President for Programs, in Arlington, Va., at ECDC’s celebration of its 40th Anniversary last year.

Effective Monday, the agency’s new branch office will open its doors and begin serving clients. The office location remains the same, ensuring convenience for clients and staff. The previous Director of Resettlement, Miriam Diria, who headed the resettlement program for the past 28 years, has been hired as the ECDC-HMC Director. Her extensive experience and dedication to the community will be invaluable in leading the agency. Also, some former agency staff members have been hired by the HMC and are enthusiastic about continuing their work with the clients they know and deeply care for. Staff continuity will also ensure that the high-quality services our clients have come to expect will continue without disruption. Opening ECDC’s eighth branch office while we celebrate World Refugee Day makes the celebration all the better.

Dr. Teferra said, “On this World Refugee Day, we celebrate the strength and resilience of refugees around the world. Our mission is to provide them with the essentials for survival and the tools and opportunities to thrive after they arrive in the U.S. Hope away from Home reflects our commitment to fostering a sense of belonging and possibilities for every refugee we serve. This new step marks our continued commitment.


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About ECDC:

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC), headquartered in Arlington, Va., is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization (CBO) established in 1983 to respond to the needs of a growing Ethiopian community in the U.S. ECDC quickly became a multicultural, multiservice provider with local, national, and international reach. For 41 years, ECDC has been helping refugees and immigrants re-establish their lives as productive, self-sufficient members of their new communities.

As one of 10 national Resettlement Agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees, ECDC has resettled 81,641 newcomers since 1991. Our 24 affiliates and branch offices are located in 18 states across the U.S. ECDC has 18 affiliated organizations, 8 branch offices, and 2 community partners.