ECDC was established in 1983 as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) community-based organization to respond to the needs of a growing Ethiopian community, both in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and around the United States. However, since its founding, ECDC has served newcomers from diverse cultural backgrounds from many parts of the world.
ECDC is a National Voluntary Agency authorized by the Department of State to resettle refugees. ECDC works locally, regionally, and nationally. ECDC's program of public education seeks to increase awareness within the wider community and among mainstream organizations about issues of concern to the newcomer community in general and to African refugees and immigrants in particular.
Today, ECDC continues to develop programs that respond to the needs of newcomers to the country and to increase awareness about refugee and newcomer issues at home and abroad. The African Community Center (ACC) is the Washington, DC area branch office of ECDC that provides direct services to local refugee and immigrant communities.
-To provide services and programs that help newcomers to become self-sufficient, productive members of their new communities.
-To foster greater understanding among newcomers and their local community.
-To conduct outreach and education to increase public awareness about refugees and immigrants.
-To participate in forums and community events that involve the interests of refugees and immigrants.
ACC has assisted thousands of refugees and immigrants from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds around the world. Some of our services include:
The African Community Center's client service approach is holistic and provides:
-Refugee Resettlement, Employment, Cultural Adjustment, Immigration Assistance, Domestic Violence Prevention Education, Interpretation/Translation, Housing Assistance, Information and Referrals
Who can Benefit from ACC's Services?
ACC services are targeted to refugees and immigrants living in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Price George's counties in Maryland, and Northern Virginia.