Municipal & Statewide New Americans Programs
The Partnership has compiled a helpful list of municipal and state level New Americans programs across the country that provide outreach and support to immigrants, refugees, and legal permanent residents. Each program description was taken directly from the organizations themselves. If you would like to add your program to the list or suggest any edits to your program description, please email Partnership Communications Coordinator Charlie McAteer.
Municipal New American Programs
Agency for New Americans
Boise, ID (http://www.anaidaho.org/)
ANA is a refugee resettlement program located in Boise, Idaho. They resettle about 230 refugees per year from the following countries: Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia and more. Their primary goal is to assist refugees in achieving self-sufficiency in their new lives in Boise.
New Americans Task Force
Lincoln, NE (http://www.newamericanstaskforce.org/about.php)
NATF is a network of public and private organizations and community members, dedicated to supporting new Americans in our community. NATF currently has over 40 agency participants that meet monthly to share information with each other concerning news, events, and issues that are related to new Americans. For over 10 years NATF has continued to make Lincoln's human service agencies more aware of the challenges new Americans face and how best to go about solving them.
New Americans Community Services
St. Paul, MN (http://newamericans.us/)
The mission of New American Community Services (NACS) is to strengthen the capacity of refugee and immigrant communities in the Twin Cities so that they may share and contribute to the educational, economic, and social well-being of U.S. American culture. “Making a positive impact on the life of refugees, immigrants and the communities that we work with.”
International Education Center
Minneapolis, MN (http://www.lincolnadulted.org/)
The International Education Center (IEC) is an accredited educational academy that provides English, Education and Employment training to adult students of international origin. Our Mission is to provide tools by which first generation immigrants, refugees, and their families become independent and productive members of the Twin Cities community.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
Fargo, ND (http://www.lssnd.org/community-outreach/new-americans/nas-overview.html)
We assist refugees who have fled persecution, war and horrific circumstances. Invaluable partnerships with many national, state and local agencies make our refugee resettlement programs and employment services possible. Our partners include schools, churches, health care organizations, social service agencies, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, national resettlement agencies, US Department of State, Office of Refugee Resettlement, adult learning centers, civic groups, employers, plus individual volunteers and mentors.
Lutheran Social Services of New England
Worcester, MA (http://volunteer.truist.com/uwcm/org/217846.html)
The Worcester MA Lutheran Social Service office provides services to refugees and immigrants that include: case management, legal services, job training, employment services, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). With these supports, refugees and immigrants will develop the skills they need to be productive participants in the US economy.
Fresno Center of New Americans
Fresno, CA (http://www.fresnocenter.com)
FCNA strives and engages in educational, social, economic challenges, and other issues that continue to plague the refugee/new American community. Through transition and strategic planning, FCNA has grown from a three-staff to a 42 staff organization. Other current services include Hmong refugee jobs services, beginning English classes, health access education, research and advocacy, networking and partnering with civic leaders to build a more cohesive and healthier community.
Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Seattle, WA (http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/oira.htm)
The new office will promote a citywide culture that understands and values the benefits that all members of our society receive when immigrants and refugee communities are successfully integrated into our civic, economic, and cultural life. OIRA will centralize the thinking around services such as job training, citizenship, education, and small businesses. OIRA will play a critical role in coordinating a range of programs, which will strengthen the relationship between government and immigrant and refugee communities.
Chinese American Service League (CASL)
Chicago, IL (http://www.caslservice.org/)
CASL is the largest, most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of Chinese Americans. At CASL, we welcome all who walk through our doors, providing child services, elder services, employment training services, family counseling, and housing and financial education to over 17,000 clients of all ages and backgrounds each year.
JEVS Human Services Center for New Americans
Philadelphia, PA (http://www.jevshumanservices.org/programs/center-for-new-americans.html)
Every year, our Center for New Americans (CNA) seeks to fulfill the dreams of hundreds of refugees and asylees from all over the world by helping them learn the English language, develop their computer skills, understand American culture and history, and prepare to become positive contributors to the workforce.
Kingsborough Community College New American Center
Brooklyn, NY (http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/nac/Pages/default.aspx)
The New Americans Center (NAC) provides free immigration services at Kingsborough Community College. Services to the public include confidential one-on-one consultations with immigration attorneys and paralegals, as well as access to immigration and citizenship forms, and community and educational activities.
CIANA Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans
New York, NY (www.cianainc.org/)
CIANA is a multi-service, multilingual social service organization that directs its services to new immigrants and refugees from the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. Its goal is to create a platform where newcomers are identified from the outset and engaged in services that will lead to their social integration and economic advancement. CIANA takes a lead role in promoting civic participation and equal access to opportunities, and builds bridges of understanding and mutual respect between the host and newcomer communities.
Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians
Boston, MA (http://www.cityofboston.gov/newbostonians/)
The purpose of the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians (MONB) is to strengthen the ability of diverse cultural and linguistic communities to play an active role in the economic, civic, social and cultural life in the city of Boston. MONB acts as a catalyst for providing opportunity, access and equality for immigrants, and highlights the contributions and the essential role that immigrants have played and continue to play in making Boston the world class city that it is.
State Level New American Programs
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (http://www.welcomingcenter.org/)
Our mission is clear – to be a centralized employment and referral center for the region’s growing immigrant community by promoting immigrant participation in the area’s political, social, and economic life. To that end, we work closely with the many regional organizations that have a stake in immigration. These include government agencies, service providers, employers, business associations, trade unions, and economic development groups.
Illinois Office of New Americans (http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/newamericans/pages/newamericans.aspx)
In 2010, the Illinois Governor signed the “New American Executive Order,” to reestablish The Office of New Americans Policy and Advocacy, to coordinate policies and programs to help newcomers fully assimilate to the state, provide more and better services to the growing number of immigrants living in Illinois, and to study the impact of immigration policy on the state. The Governor's state policy was the first of its kind in the nation and aims to help immigrants enter the mainstream more quickly - whether that means learning English, buying a home, encouraging their children to succeed in schools, or supporting their communities in other ways.
New Jersey New Americans Program
Milltown, NJ (http://www.newamericansnj.org/index.asp)
The mission of the New Americans Program is to provide resources, guidance, and educational opportunities that will enable New Americans to become economically self-sufficient members of, and to make positive contributions to, our communities.
Massachusetts Office for Refugees & Immigrants (http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/ori/)
To promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social, and civic life of Massachusetts.
Center for New Americans
Western Massachusetts (http://www.cnam.org/)
Our Mission: to provide the underserved immigrant, refugee and migrant communities of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members, and obtain tools necessary to maintain economic independence and stability.
InterReligious Council of Central New York - Center for New Americans (http://www.irccny.org/programs/cna/cna_about.php)
Working as a resource and cultural center for the Southeast Asian population in our community. Assisting refugees in beginning new lives in America. Assisting our communities in being a place of welcome for refugees and immigrants. Helping refugees and immigrants in developing their own self-help skills, projects, and associations.
New York YMCA New Americans Welcome Center (http://www.ymcanyc.org/association/classes/new-americans-welcome-centers)
The YMCA of Greater New York is committed to serving the immigrant population of the City, and, in response to their needs, has opened New Americans Welcome Centers to help immigrants achieve literacy, cultural competence, and self-sufficiency. The goal of the YMCA is to be recognized by every New American as a “safe haven” that provides multilingual information, resources and referrals and a wide range of services (instructional, vocational, recreational, and family support) that will help them attain their goals.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. - New Americans Collaboration (CLINIC)
Washington DC (and other locations around the nation) (http://cliniclegal.org/)
Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.
Immigration Policy Center at the American Immigration Council
Washington DC (http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/)
IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy in U.S. society.
Welcoming America’s list of Welcoming Centers by State (http://www.welcomingamerica.org/about-us/our-affiliates/)
All Welcoming America affiliates utilize a strategy with three core approaches – local leadership development, strategic communications and public engagement – to reduce anxiety, and promote healthy dialog in communities across the country.
A list of Local Refugee Resettlement Agencies by State http://www.refugeeworks.org/about/links_refugee_agencies_local.html
The Partnership does not claim this list is comprehensive nor does this list serve as an endorsement of any organization. If you would like to add your program to the list or suggest any edits to your program description, please email Partnership Communications Coordinator Charlie McAteer.