What We Do
Navigating Culture and Bias Training
Our Navigating Culture and Bias training is a highly interactive and challenging workshop that provides teams with an opportunity to unpack the layers of culture, privilege, and power while identifying how these concepts create opportunities to work effectively with immigrants and refugees. The workshop also aims to create a safe space for organizations and institutions to examine their own personal ideas and biases while learning tools to implement cultural humility practices when working with a diverse and multicultural community. Click here to learn more.
COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on our immigrant and refugee communities. The pandemic is not only affecting their health, but it’s impacting every aspect of their lives. After months of data gathering, the message from our immigrant neighbors is clear. More help is needed. That’s why we’ve developed a new public health initiative, Project CARE (COVID-19 Action for Racial Equity). This initiative will allow us to use the information we’ve gathered through wellness checks and our Natural Helper volunteers to begin taking action to address the needs of our immigrant communities. More information coming soon.
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Immigrant Welcome Center has launched a new program called Community Connect. This program focuses on three main initiatives which include: Connecting with immigrants through our network of Natural Helper volunteers, conducting virtual wellness checks on vulnerable families, and supplying immigrants with a hotline available in 200+ languages; Empowering our community partners by facilitating weekly Partner Power calls to discuss the challenges facing immigrants and address service gaps; Advocating to local policy makers by utilizing data gathered from our own clients and findings reported during the Partner Power calls to ensure that humanitarian aid is reaching immigrants. Click here to read our latest report.
***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our in person citizenship workshops have been canceled until further notice. ***
Throughout the year we host several large citizenship workshops that provide FREE legal assistance to Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are ready to begin their journey towards becoming naturalized U.S. Citizens. Our aim is to help naturalize as many LPRs across Indianapolis and Marion County as possible. This work is made possible by a grant from the National Partnership for New Americans and a generous gift from Deborah J. Simon.
Click here to learn about the benefits of becoming a U.S. Citizen.
Beginning in February 2020 we will begin piloting our own series of citizenship classes. These classes will be open to Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to apply for citizenship and will cost $20.00, which includes an interactive workbook.
Once enrolled, students will receive mentorship, exam practice and lessons, mock interview practice, and a certification of completion.
To download a flyer with more information click here. To enroll, please call (317) 808-2326.
Natural Helpers Program
Our Natural Helpers program is our most intensive volunteer opportunity. These lead volunteers help our immigrant and refugee neighbors with their transition to life in Indianapolis. Natural Helpers are immigrants themselves who understand the challenges of moving to a new place, learning a new language, finding employment, and establishing a home in the United States.
To learn more about this program or to be connected with a Natural Helper who can offer you assistance, please click here.