YMCA International Services

YMCA International Services Our office helps refugees, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations in the Greater Houston Area through comprehensive services including legal aid, resettlement, case management, employment services, and education.
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YMCA International Services is a unique center of the YMCA of Greater Houston. It was established in 1978 in response to a large influx of refugees from Southeast Asia and addressed the immediate resettlement needs of those individuals and families who were fleeing from persecution in their home countries. Since that time, YMCA International Services has developed into a multi-service agency that provides holistic services to Houston's refugee and immigrant communities, with a special focus on facilitating and fostering self-sufficiency. Additionally, YMCA International Services is a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited agency offering services in a variety of languages.

YMCA International Services is a unique center of the YMCA of Greater Houston. It was established in 1978 in response to a large influx of refugees from Southeast Asia and addressed the immediate resettlement needs of those individuals and families who were fleeing from persecution in their home countries. Since that time, YMCA International Services has developed into a multi-service agency that provides holistic services to Houston's refugee and immigrant communities, with a special focus on facilitating and fostering self-sufficiency. Additionally, YMCA International Services is a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited agency offering services in a variety of languages.

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¿Tiene preguntas sobre Asilo? Acompáñenos en nuestra session de información este Jueves 22 de Abril.https://ymcahouston....
04/20/2021

¿Tiene preguntas sobre Asilo? Acompáñenos en nuestra session de información este Jueves 22 de Abril.

https://ymcahouston.zoom.us/j/89535910090

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¿Tiene preguntas sobre Asilo? Acompáñenos en nuestra session de información este Jueves 22 de Abril.

https://ymcahouston.zoom.us/j/89535910090

#ymcainternationalservices #tallerdeasilo #YMCAImmigrationDepartment

In honor of #NationalVolunteerWeek, The YMCA of Greater Houston would like to recognize the Tellepsen Family, who has co...
04/20/2021

In honor of #NationalVolunteerWeek, The YMCA of Greater Houston would like to recognize the Tellepsen Family, who has contributed and been a part of the YMCA since 1910, that’s over 100 years! We could not have accomplished what we have in our community without generous donors like the Tellepsen Family. Thank you!

In honor of #NationalVolunteerWeek, The YMCA of Greater Houston would like to recognize the Tellepsen Family, who has contributed and been a part of the YMCA since 1910, that’s over 100 years! We could not have accomplished what we have in our community without generous donors like the Tellepsen Family. Thank you!

April is #ChildAbusePreventionMonth. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption and change, and Child Abus...
04/20/2021

April is #ChildAbusePreventionMonth. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption and change, and Child Abuse prevention is even more critical. The YMCA of Greater Houston is dedicated to garnering awareness about Child Abuse Prevention, this month and every month. Read along as we share some common tips and advice to help prevent and spot child abuse.

Leadership skills, Interpersonal Communication, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning! Y Teen L.I.F.E. equips young peo...
04/18/2021

Leadership skills, Interpersonal Communication, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning! Y Teen L.I.F.E. equips young people with skills that prepare them for life. Get connected today! https://bit.ly/3akrWd5

Leadership skills, Interpersonal Communication, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning! Y Teen L.I.F.E. equips young people with skills that prepare them for life. Get connected today! https://bit.ly/3akrWd5

04/18/2021

Haz bien y no mires a quién! YMCA International's staff, Javier, explains the significance of this Cuban phrase. These words are also important to us here at the YMCA International, where we feel privileged to serve refugees, asylees, trafficking victims, and other newcomers from all over the world, including Cuba! If you want to learn about volunteer opportunities or contribute towards our work, check out our website for more information: https://ymcahouston.org/locations/ymca-international-services

#notaplaceapurpose #ymcainternational #refugeeswelcome

The Y Early Care program is committed to providing learning opportunities that prepare youth for school. We nurture youn...
04/17/2021

The Y Early Care program is committed to providing learning opportunities that prepare youth for school. We nurture young minds with a curriculum meant to teach children to be creative & confident thinkers. To learn more about our Early Care program, visit https://bit.ly/32imAu9.

The Y Early Care program is committed to providing learning opportunities that prepare youth for school. We nurture young minds with a curriculum meant to teach children to be creative & confident thinkers. To learn more about our Early Care program, visit https://bit.ly/32imAu9.

One of the ways the Y supported Houston last year was by distributing over 7,000 masks when resources were at their scar...
04/16/2021

One of the ways the Y supported Houston last year was by distributing over 7,000 masks when resources were at their scarcest. Today, we are focusing our efforts toward food distribution and we need your help. To be the change and learn more, visit ymcahouston.org/give.

Meet Barbaro! Barbaro and his mother made the difficult decision to uproot their lives in Cuba and move to the US in ear...
04/16/2021

Meet Barbaro! Barbaro and his mother made the difficult decision to uproot their lives in Cuba and move to the US in early 2020. Barbaro’s journey from Cuba to the US is one that hundreds of thousands of Cubans have made and one that you can learn about by reading Antes Que Anochezca, the book we are highlighting this week for World Book Day. Like our client Barbaro, the author of the book faced many challenges, escaped Cuba, and worked hard to build a new life in the United States.

In just one year, Barbaro improved his English and completed two of YMCA International’s Pre-GED classes. Barbaro passed the Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies exams to complete his GED. Going forward, Barbaro hopes to continue his studies in medicine. Please join us in congratulating our client, Barbaro, who is now an official GED graduate!

Meet Barbaro! Barbaro and his mother made the difficult decision to uproot their lives in Cuba and move to the US in early 2020. Barbaro’s journey from Cuba to the US is one that hundreds of thousands of Cubans have made and one that you can learn about by reading Antes Que Anochezca, the book we are highlighting this week for World Book Day. Like our client Barbaro, the author of the book faced many challenges, escaped Cuba, and worked hard to build a new life in the United States.

In just one year, Barbaro improved his English and completed two of YMCA International’s Pre-GED classes. Barbaro passed the Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies exams to complete his GED. Going forward, Barbaro hopes to continue his studies in medicine. Please join us in congratulating our client, Barbaro, who is now an official GED graduate!

Join us for Campstock at Healthy Kid's Day on April 24 and explore a sampling of fun & interactive camp activities. Visi...
04/15/2021

Join us for Campstock at Healthy Kid's Day on April 24 and explore a sampling of fun & interactive camp activities. Visit your local YMCA for more information and complete event details.

Join us for Campstock at Healthy Kid's Day on April 24 and explore a sampling of fun & interactive camp activities. Visit your local YMCA for more information and complete event details.

Dreaming of college?  We can help.  The 2021 YMCA Refugee Scholarship is open. #notaplaceapurpose  #ymcainternational #r...
04/15/2021

Dreaming of college? We can help. The 2021 YMCA Refugee Scholarship is open. #notaplaceapurpose #ymcainternational #refugeeswelcome

Dreaming of college? We can help. The 2021 YMCA Refugee Scholarship is open. #notaplaceapurpose #ymcainternational #refugeeswelcome

YMCA International is privileged to be a recipient of a celebrity fundraiser!  Boost literacy courses at the Y and enjoy...
04/15/2021

YMCA International is privileged to be a recipient of a celebrity fundraiser! Boost literacy courses at the Y and enjoy an evening with the hosts of the podcast A Way with Words.
Purchase your ticket today. Join us on April 22!
#notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #leadwithliteracytx

YMCA International is privileged to be a recipient of a celebrity fundraiser! Boost literacy courses at the Y and enjoy an evening with the hosts of the podcast A Way with Words.
Purchase your ticket today. Join us on April 22!
#notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #leadwithliteracytx

YMCA International Services would like to give a special shout out to our partner A 2nd Cup!! We are so thankful for par...
04/14/2021

YMCA International Services would like to give a special shout out to our partner A 2nd Cup!! We are so thankful for partnering up to support our first book drive. If you have books you would like to donate, you can drop them in the collection box at the A 2nd Cup located in the Heights or drop them at YMCA International until April 30th. Thank you all! #notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #literacyforall #literacymatters #antitrafficking

The USA Swimming Foundation recently chose the YMCA of Greater Houston as one of the 67 swim lesson providers to receive...
04/14/2021

The USA Swimming Foundation recently chose the YMCA of Greater Houston as one of the 67 swim lesson providers to receive a grant to help provide swim lessons to thousands of Houston-area children. Swim lessons are not a luxury but are a necessity for all. Help keep kids safe by ensuring they have the skills needed around water. To learn more about our swim programs, visit our website: https://bit.ly/3fiMLbS

The USA Swimming Foundation recently chose the YMCA of Greater Houston as one of the 67 swim lesson providers to receive a grant to help provide swim lessons to thousands of Houston-area children. Swim lessons are not a luxury but are a necessity for all. Help keep kids safe by ensuring they have the skills needed around water. To learn more about our swim programs, visit our website: https://bit.ly/3fiMLbS

Ramadan is the holy month of fasting in Islam, where Muslims fast from sun ☀️ up to sun down. The timing of the holy eve...
04/13/2021

Ramadan is the holy month of fasting in Islam, where Muslims fast from sun ☀️ up to sun down. The timing of the holy event changes yearly, as it is based on the cycles of the moon. It is believed that during this time, some of the first verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. To all our Muslim brothers and sisters beginning their fasting today, Ramadan Kareem! 🌙
#notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #RamadanKareem

Ramadan is the holy month of fasting in Islam, where Muslims fast from sun ☀️ up to sun down. The timing of the holy event changes yearly, as it is based on the cycles of the moon. It is believed that during this time, some of the first verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. To all our Muslim brothers and sisters beginning their fasting today, Ramadan Kareem! 🌙
#notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #RamadanKareem

Acompañe a nuestro departamento de inmigración en colaboración con GHIRP en nuestro evento, Taller de Asilo. #ymcaintern...
04/13/2021

Acompañe a nuestro departamento de inmigración en colaboración con GHIRP en nuestro evento, Taller de Asilo.
#ymcainternationalservices

Acompañe a nuestro departamento de inmigración en colaboración con GHIRP en nuestro evento, Taller de Asilo.
#ymcainternationalservices

YMCA International Services would like to give a special shout out to our partner Trotter Family YMCA and their fabulous...
04/13/2021

YMCA International Services would like to give a special shout out to our partner Trotter Family YMCA and their fabulous members!! We are so thankful for Trotter Family YMCA; they are always ready to support our programs and are currently supporting our book drive. If you have books you would like to donate, you can drop them in the collection box at the Trotter Family YMCA or drop them at YMCA International until April 30th. Thank you all! #notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #literacyforall #literacymatters

YMCA International Services would like to give a special shout out to our partner Trotter Family YMCA and their fabulous members!! We are so thankful for Trotter Family YMCA; they are always ready to support our programs and are currently supporting our book drive. If you have books you would like to donate, you can drop them in the collection box at the Trotter Family YMCA or drop them at YMCA International until April 30th. Thank you all! #notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #literacyforall #literacymatters

We are focused on the safety and well-being of all who visit our YMCA. With limited class sizes, social distancing, and ...
04/12/2021

We are focused on the safety and well-being of all who visit our YMCA. With limited class sizes, social distancing, and enhanced safety protocols, you can feel safe joining us at the Y! Join today: https://bit.ly/31tofwx

Summer is almost here, which means an epic adventure awaits at YMCA Camp Cullen! YMCA Camp Cullen is a place your child ...
04/10/2021

Summer is almost here, which means an epic adventure awaits at YMCA Camp Cullen! YMCA Camp Cullen is a place your child can belong, thrive, explore and grow — and best of all, there’s still time to register! Sign up today: https://bit.ly/2PB7Ns9.

Summer is almost here, which means an epic adventure awaits at YMCA Camp Cullen! YMCA Camp Cullen is a place your child can belong, thrive, explore and grow — and best of all, there’s still time to register! Sign up today: https://bit.ly/2PB7Ns9.

Join us for two virtual job fairs and browse available positions with the Y! The first is April 15 from 5-7 P.M., and th...
04/09/2021

Join us for two virtual job fairs and browse available positions with the Y! The first is April 15 from 5-7 P.M., and then again on April 16, from 9-11 A.M. We’re hiring lifeguards, swim instructors, day camp counselors, specialists and more for the summer! Come work for a company that makes a genuine impact on the lives of others. Apply now: https://bit.ly/3fXUoVu

Join us for two virtual job fairs and browse available positions with the Y! The first is April 15 from 5-7 P.M., and then again on April 16, from 9-11 A.M. We’re hiring lifeguards, swim instructors, day camp counselors, specialists and more for the summer! Come work for a company that makes a genuine impact on the lives of others. Apply now: https://bit.ly/3fXUoVu

Join the YMCA of Greater Houston Equity Innovation Center on April 24 & 25 for a two-day interactive event, “What’s Heal...
04/08/2021

Join the YMCA of Greater Houston Equity Innovation Center on April 24 & 25 for a two-day interactive event, “What’s Healthier than Ending Racism?” This event is in collaboration with YWCA USA’s 15th annual Stand Against Racism campaign. Together, we will empower and equip families with resources to talk about, address, and heal from racism.

Visit your local Y on April 24 for YMCA OF GREATER HOUSTON Healthy Kid’s Day with in-person family activities and register for our virtual event on April 25 from 2-4 P.M. Register here: https://bit.ly/3wGCJrB.

#YForAll #StandAgainstRacism2021

Join the YMCA of Greater Houston Equity Innovation Center on April 24 & 25 for a two-day interactive event, “What’s Healthier than Ending Racism?” This event is in collaboration with YWCA USA’s 15th annual Stand Against Racism campaign. Together, we will empower and equip families with resources to talk about, address, and heal from racism.

Visit your local Y on April 24 for YMCA OF GREATER HOUSTON Healthy Kid’s Day with in-person family activities and register for our virtual event on April 25 from 2-4 P.M. Register here: https://bit.ly/3wGCJrB.

#YForAll #StandAgainstRacism2021

It's a celebrity fundraiser benefitting literacy programming at YMCA International Services!  Buy a ticket and support t...
04/08/2021

It's a celebrity fundraiser benefitting literacy programming at YMCA International Services! Buy a ticket and support the Y.

Celebrate literacy in Texas with the hosts of the podcast A Way with Words. #leadwithliteracytx #literacytx

It's a celebrity fundraiser benefitting literacy programming at YMCA International Services! Buy a ticket and support the Y.

Celebrate literacy in Texas with the hosts of the podcast A Way with Words. #leadwithliteracytx #literacytx

Keeping you informed!  The Food Pantry is open Fridays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
04/08/2021

Keeping you informed! The Food Pantry is open Fridays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Keeping you informed! The Food Pantry is open Fridays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

04/07/2021
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Don't forget! Tonight at 6:00pm is our open discussion on the book, Girls Like Us. Advocates from YMCA and other profess...
04/07/2021
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Don't forget! Tonight at 6:00pm is our open discussion on the book, Girls Like Us. Advocates from YMCA and other professionals throughout the community will be on the chat as we highlight aspects of this book and how it relates to the rampant issue of Child Sex Trafficking here in Houston.

Join us via Zoom or call in. Please note if you are solely calling in, using the meeting ID and call numbers below may be easier than using the link.

We look forward to discussing with everyone and answering questions. Whether you've read the book, skimmed, or are on your 2nd read, we hope you'll join us!
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Did you know that a healthy diet and physical activity reduce global health risks? This #WorldHealthDay, make a commitme...
04/07/2021

Did you know that a healthy diet and physical activity reduce global health risks? This #WorldHealthDay, make a commitment to leading a healthy life. See all that the Y has to offer including group exercise classes, youth and family programs, and more. Click the link in our bio for more information. https://bit.ly/31tofwx

Did you know that a healthy diet and physical activity reduce global health risks? This #WorldHealthDay, make a commitment to leading a healthy life. See all that the Y has to offer including group exercise classes, youth and family programs, and more. Click the link in our bio for more information. https://bit.ly/31tofwx

Don't forget! Tomorrow from 6-7pm we will be hosting a zoom discussion for the book Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World ...
04/06/2021

Don't forget! Tomorrow from 6-7pm we will be hosting a zoom discussion for the book Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd.

Grab your best mug and get ready to hear from professionals working directly with victims of Sex Trafficking. You don't want to miss out on this FREE event!

**Live RAFFLE will be held after the discussion

#notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #teawithtpap

Don't forget! Tomorrow from 6-7pm we will be hosting a zoom discussion for the book Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd.

Grab your best mug and get ready to hear from professionals working directly with victims of Sex Trafficking. You don't want to miss out on this FREE event!

**Live RAFFLE will be held after the discussion

#notaplaceapurpose #YMCAInternational #teawithtpap

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6300 Westpark Dr, Ste 600
Houston, TX
77057

General information

The YMCA was created by young people trying to navigate their way in a new city, far from family, friends, and a familiar way of life. Welcoming and engaging newcomers has remained an important part of the YMCA movement, with Y’s around the world providing individuals and families the integration support they need to better transition into their new communities. YMCA International Services is a unique center of the YMCA of Greater Houston that delivers client-centered programs to refugees, immigrants and other vulnerable populations to advance their economic independence, social integration and civic participation. The Y helps newcomers restore hope, build stability, create opportunity and change futures. YMCA International Services is continuously recognized as a leader in the Houston immigrant community.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(713) 339-9015

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Services and Programs at YMCA International Services: Refugee Resettlement YMCA International’s resettlement program assists refugees who are forcibly displaced from their native countries due to persecution based on their race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion or because they belong to a particular social group. The resettlement program provides housing, food, basic supplies and temporary financial services. Refugee Employment YMCA’s Employment Department works with employers in the Houston area to fill staffing needs from our qualified pool of refugee candidates. Our goal is to provide employers with the best possible applicants, at the same time assisting new arrivals to our country quickly reach self-sufficiency. The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program (TPAP) TPAP is a program working to identify and assist U.S. national and foreign national victims of human trafficking. We seek to improve the quality of life for victims of human trafficking through culturally competent case management, to raise awareness in the community through outreach and education, and to collaborate with law enforcement and other social service providers Immigration Services YMCA International Services provides high quality legal representation to clients seeking immigration counseling or asylum, as well as civil legal services of crime, including “T” Visas, “U” Visas, and VAWA. Educational Services The YMCA’s Refugee Educational Services Program provides refugees the information necessary for a smooth integration into their new community in a variety of ways. Our Cultural Orientation Program informs the refugees about local and national culture. The Education Department also provides a Pre-HSE (High School Equivalency) exam preparation program for those refugees whose English skills do not allow for entry into a standard GED or Hi-SET preparation course. Clients can begin their US citizenship journey through our Civics program. We prepare clients for the naturalization exam and interview. Join us for ESL (English as a Second Language) courses that run throughout the year. Youth Development In an effort to provide support and services to the local immigrant community, we offer several programs designed to provide safe, supervised activities for youth. Our youth programs include sports for children and teen development. The YMCA also partners with local HISD elementary schools to offer care during the after school hours for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

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