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.

Mission: Social Responsibility Youth Development Healthy Living

YMCA International Services and SpireTek have joined forces during a challenging time for the unemployed. Our clients ha...
07/16/2020

YMCA International Services and SpireTek have joined forces during a challenging time for the unemployed. Our clients have found careers and support at SpireTek even with language barriers. At times, staff have helped clients improve their resumes or practice for interviews. SpireTek is an excellent partner for the YMCA and our grateful clients. #ThankfulThursday #InternationalYMCA #StrongerTogether #love

We are grateful for the service of two Americorps members at YMCA International Services.  Thank you Anne Njenga and Dav...
07/13/2020

We are grateful for the service of two Americorps members at YMCA International Services. Thank you Anne Njenga and David Coles for serving our clients in your ESL and Pre-GED courses.
#internationalymca #StrongerTogether #AmeriCorps

Keeping you informed! Our food distribution hours are changing to Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
07/10/2020

Keeping you informed!
Our food distribution hours are changing to Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

The YMCA International Services food pantry is looking for volunteers! Every Wednesday and Friday from 8:30AM-12:30PM, v...
07/07/2020

The YMCA International Services food pantry is looking for volunteers!

Every Wednesday and Friday from 8:30AM-12:30PM, volunteers help distribute food to over 600 members of our community. Volunteers are provided with water, masks and gloves and everyone’s temperature is taken before they volunteer.

Group and individual volunteers are welcome and volunteers who speak Spanish are greatly needed.

For more information please contact Megan Metz at [email protected] or at 713-339-9015 ext. 3627.

#YMCAFoodPantry #StrongerTogether #InternationalYMCA

The YMCA International Services Crime Justice Department serves immigrants who have been victims of a crime in the Unite...
07/07/2020
Domestic violence is a public health problem that governors should address

The YMCA International Services Crime Justice Department serves immigrants who have been victims of a crime in the United States. If you have been a victim of a domestic violence in the United States, feel free to contact the immigration department for a consultation on your immigration needs. Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5:00 pm at 713- 758-9280.

Lawmakers would be gravely mistaken to consider this increase in domestic violence as just a matter of private concern.

4th of July is a reason to celebrate for those individuals who have been helped by our immigration and education program...
07/04/2020
YMCA International Services

4th of July is a reason to celebrate for those individuals who have been helped by our immigration and education programs in obtaining their U.S. citizenship. When an immigrant is a legal permanent resident (LPR) that qualifies to apply for citizenship they can get assistance from the Y’s immigration and education departments. The immigration department represents LPRs in the application submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office. Some citizenship applicants qualify for civics exam test prep provided by the education department.

A student from the Fall 2019 term had their naturalization interview in January 2020 and passed! This student is now a U.S citizen after 8 years living in the U.S. The student worked diligently in Civics class and pushed himself to excel in writing and reading. He also worked to improve his English-speaking skills. After attending 30 hours of Civic instruction, 3 mock interviews, and a tour to the USCIS building, this individual was extremely prepared for his naturalization interview. He called the instructor after he passed the interview, expressing his gratitude to YMCA for supporting him every step of the way and helping him reach his goal of finally becoming a U.S citizen!

During Covid19 closures, both the immigration department and the education department have updated their services to serve clients. The education department is holding classes through zoom meetings and the immigration department does phone consultations. If you know of someone who is ready to apply for U.S. Citizenship please give them YMCA International Services contact information.

https://www.ymcahouston.org/locations/ymca-international-services

Back to All Locations YMCA International Services Save as Preferred Center 6300 Westpark Drive, Suite 600, Houston, 77057 | 713-339-9015 | TODAY'S BUILDING HOURS: Hours: Available by phone/email Temporarily Closed. Check back soon! Mon - Fri: Available by phone/email Sat - Sun: Closed All hours View...

06/24/2020

There is still time to apply for the YMCA Refugee Scholarship. The Y will be accepting applications until June 30. Apply now!
#InternationalYMCA #StrongerTogether
https://www.ymcahouston.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020-Refugee-Scholarship-Application.pdf

06/24/2020

We're hiring a Pre-HSE (high school equivalency) instructor. Make a difference in the lives of refugees.

https://www.ymcahouston.org/careers

#InternationalYMCA #StrongerTogether

06/24/2020

Keeping you informed.

Due to inclement weather our food pantry will be closed today. We will resume food distribution on Friday, June 26 at 11:00 am.

06/24/2020
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COVID-19 cases are on the rise. To keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy here is a list of locations where you can get a FREE COVID-19 test. #bettertogether #supporttheY #stayhomeworksafe #covid19testing #YMCAInternationalServices

What a great week for LGBT and Immigrant rights!  The Supreme Court of the United States decided today that the decision...
06/18/2020
United We Dream | The Largest Immigrant Youth-Led Network in the Country

What a great week for LGBT and Immigrant rights! The Supreme Court of the United States decided today that the decision end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) for immigrant youth, or Dreamers, is unjustified. This benefits nearly 700,000 of Dreamers and neighbors who have grown up in the US! While this is a huge victory – the fight continues for a law that would provide a pathway to permanent status for DACA recipients. The YMCA Immigration Department has served Dreamers since 2012, and continues to do so today during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call our office for a consultation at (713) 758-9280.
For more information on DACA, visit: https://unitedwedream.org/

With a driving force of more than 400,000 members and an online reach of over 4,000,000 across the nation, we envision a society based on human dignity that celebrates our all our communities.

On behalf of our staff and our clients, we would like to say thank you for your time and making our food distributions p...
06/18/2020

On behalf of our staff and our clients, we would like to say thank you for your time and making our food distributions possible.
We truly appreciate all of our amazing volunteers.
Thank you Brandace Nichole Kinder!
#YMCAFoodPantry #StrongerTogether #InternationalYMCA

It’s an important week for our refugee community. We hope that you consider participating in one of the events this week...
06/15/2020

It’s an important week for our refugee community. We hope that you consider participating in one of the events this week.
#RefugeeWeek2020 #Imagine

Refugee Week is here! Join us to celebrate the contributions of refugees and, together, #imagine a different world.

#RefugeeWeek2020 starts today, and there's lots of ways to take part.

Join us >> https://buff.ly/2MY75QM

YMCA International Services’ Legal Orientation Program (LOP) serves immigrants detained at the four detention centers in...
06/08/2020
Opinion: ICE detainee pleads for release to help battle coronavirus

YMCA International Services’ Legal Orientation Program (LOP) serves immigrants detained at the four detention centers in the Houston area, including Joe Corley. We explain the immigration process, provide Know Your Rights presentations, and help them identify possible legal relief. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has adapted and developed new ways to serve detainees remotely. If you have a family member detained in the Houston area, feel free to contact our Immigration department at 713-758-9280, Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, and we will reach out to them for possible services.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Opinion-Cuban-ICE-detainee-exposes-unsafe-Texas-15280878.php?fbclid=IwAR3sBQ6czmCZ4jnwhHGo358Fyd65M5Hy6gfS3Wp0zvQ-9GZ8FGChg65ILSk

College graduate with a degree in hygiene and epidemiology wants to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

Special shout out to the City of Houston Mayor’s Office for donating a generous supply of masks as a part of Mask Up! Ho...
06/05/2020

Special shout out to the City of Houston Mayor’s Office for donating a generous supply of masks as a part of Mask Up! Houston. These masks were distributed to families vising our various YMCA food distribution sites over the last two weeks. #HoustonStrong #maskuphou

We can't express how thankful we are for our amazing members and supporters in our community. You are the heart of our o...
06/05/2020

We can't express how thankful we are for our amazing members and supporters in our community. You are the heart of our organization and we're always here for you! 💟 #SeeYouSoon

06/04/2020
Preschool Learn to Swim: Back Float

Water safety starts at home and we have some resources to help you! Check out more of our Water Safety Series on our YMCA of Greater Houston YouTube Channel.

In this class, children learn how to float on their back. We teach about body position for your children and guidance on this skill to go from assisted to in...

Thank you to our community partners for supporting our program offering financial assistance to essential personnel who ...
06/04/2020

Thank you to our community partners for supporting our program offering financial assistance to essential personnel who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, AT&T-Texas donated $10,000 to the program.

Our essential workers are keeping our community healthy, safe and thriving. We want to help them by providing financial assistance for child care so they can do their jobs at this critical time, knowing their children are being well cared for by a trained and loving staff. Visit our programs page online for more information >> https://hubs.ly/H0r7m0Y0

06/03/2020

Through the Refugee Scholarship Program, YMCA International Services has been able to provide funding for full-time higher education students who have a status as refugee, SIV, asylee, or VOT.

Interested students complete an application that details their academic and personal background; students also write two essays. Winners are determined by their need and accomplishments. Apply today!
https://www.ymcahouston.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020-Refugee-Scholarship-Application.pdf
#InternationalYMCA #RefugeeScholarship #StrongerTogether

One Cuban family’s journey to the U.S. was challenging; all of them were detained for months.  While in detention, the m...
06/03/2020

One Cuban family’s journey to the U.S. was challenging; all of them were detained for months. While in detention, the mother was pregnant with a high risk pregnancy, and the baby was born in critical condition. During this tough time, The Social Adjustment Services (SAS) program at YMCA International Services ensured that the family had food stamps, health insurance, baby items, diapers, wipes and Christmas gifts. The SAS program found emergency funding for rent, utilities, and a laptop for the family. The emergency assistance and case management have provided relief during these challenging times. The Y’s continual efforts to help the most vulnerable give hope to those in need. #InternationalYMCA #YMCASAS #StrongerTogether

The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program (TPAP) at YMCA International Services is proud to have partners who have kept ...
06/03/2020

The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program (TPAP) at YMCA International Services is proud to have partners who have kept their commitment to the children we serve during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fountain of Love Church in Tomball put together over fifty hygiene care bags for survivors of trafficking. We are so grateful for our community partners and the generous gifts from Shatara White and the Women's Department at Fountain of Love.
#InternationalYMCA #TPAP #StrongerTogether

Stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters in observance of BlackoutTuesday to combat racial discrimination...
06/02/2020

Stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters in observance of BlackoutTuesday to combat racial discrimination and social justice. #TheShowMustBeStopped #BlackOutTuesday #BLM

The current events have evoked sadness, disappointment and dismay. The YMCA is committed to expand and strengthen our co...
06/02/2020

The current events have evoked sadness, disappointment and dismay. The YMCA is committed to expand and strengthen our commitment to combat racism, bias, prejudice and inequalities while fighting for justice. We can do better and we will do better, together. #GeorgeFloyd https://hubs.ly/H0r0kwg0

06/01/2020
A Message from the CEO

WELCOME BACK! We are doing everything to make your experience as comfortable and rewarding as possible. #SeeYouSoon

Houston’s International YMCA's Unaccompanied Minors team has worked hard to fight for two clients, 8 and 11-year-old gir...
05/30/2020

Houston’s International YMCA's Unaccompanied Minors team has worked hard to fight for two clients, 8 and 11-year-old girls, who were detained even though their mother, who also lives in Houston, was approved to receive them. Immigration officials notified the YMCA immigration lawyers, they were going to deport the children to El Salvador, with no caretaker, in a matter of days. The YMCA legal team filed a lawsuit in federal court to reunify the kids with their mom and stop the deportation. While the legal battle is still going, the girls are safe with their mother and the deportation is paused for now!

05/29/2020
Children follow in the footsteps of what their parents model. Spend time this weekend learning and laughing together with the YMCA360: Houston Mythical Creatures or House Challenge Series. Remember to Subscribe>>https://www.youtube.com/YMCAHouston #HereF

Children follow in the footsteps of what their parents model. Spend time this weekend learning and laughing together with the YMCA360: Houston Mythical Creatures or House Challenge Series. Remember to Subscribe>>https://hubs.ly/H0qZ78-0

#HereForYou #FamilyTime #YMCAHouston #YMCAFamilies

Let's TACO-bout how much we loved lunch last week! Houston Rocket's owner Tilman J. Fertitta had his "Taco Me Crazy" foo...
05/28/2020

Let's TACO-bout how much we loved lunch last week!

Houston Rocket's owner Tilman J. Fertitta had his "Taco Me Crazy" food truck come feed our staff and volunteers at one of our food distributions sites on Taco Tuesday! Thank you for providing the fuel we needed to continue supporting our communities! #houstonrockets #tacotuesday

CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020! YOU’VE MADE IT! The YMCA of Greater Houston, CollegeCommunityCareer (CCC) and Writers in...
05/27/2020

CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020! YOU’VE MADE IT!

The YMCA of Greater Houston, CollegeCommunityCareer (CCC) and Writers in the Schools (WITS) are coming together for a week long summer camp to help recently graduated high school seniors prepare for college by building their writing skills while promoting and inspiring self-advocacy and civic engagement.

There will be prizes awarded to students who join our summer camp and other incentives for students who go above and beyond! Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from experts on topics from writing and self-expression to working with community leaders and building a personal brand.

Meeting times will take place in the afternoon, specific times are TBD.

Click to Apply! https://hubs.ly/H0qT00Y0

We are looking forward to welcoming back our members and continuing to provide programs and solutions to keep people hea...
05/26/2020

We are looking forward to welcoming back our members and continuing to provide programs and solutions to keep people healthy in mind, body and spirit. Learn about our plans to reopen, registration system and what you need to be prepared for your experience.

https://hubs.ly/H0qRvJW0

We are grateful for our amazing partnership with Houston Food Bank  Thank you for providing stability to our clients and...
05/22/2020

We are grateful for our amazing partnership with Houston Food Bank Thank you for providing stability to our clients and neighbors through nutritious food. #YMCAfoodpantry #WeAreY #StrongerTogether #BetterTogether #YMCAInternational

05/21/2020
United We Dream Texas on Twitter

United We Dream Texas

"We are waiting on the Supreme Court to decide the fate of nearly 700,000 DACA recipients, of which nearly 36,000 live in the Houston/Harris County Area. As we prepare for such event, we are encouraging DACA recipients to share their stories by following the steps in this Toolkit https://bit.ly/2XfExXu

Melida is a college student with three jobs working in Houston, Texas. This was all made possible with #DACA. Melida is one of thousands of DACA recipients who need #scotus to rule in their favor. #HomeIsHere "

Our immigration department at YMCA International Services can serve those who need to renew their DACA. Call the immigration department Monday through Friday 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at 713-758-9280

https://twitter.com/UWDTexas/status/1263522358469500930?s=20

“Melida is a college student with three jobs working in Houston, Texas. This was all made possible with #DACA. Melida is one of thousands of DACA recipients who need #scotus to rule in their favor. #HomeIsHere https://t.co/wfrggbkLPv”

Netbrands Media Corp / Imprint  has collaborated with YMCA International Services for 9 years to help refugees start the...
05/20/2020

Netbrands Media Corp / Imprint has collaborated with YMCA International Services for 9 years to help refugees start their first jobs in the USA. They have helped clients to establish a stable income and successful lives.

Food Pantry clients at YMCA International Services were lucky to receive packages today in beautiful brightly colored bags. To support our food distributions in Southwest Houston, Netbrands Media Corp / Imprint donated 27,800 reusable bags! It is one of the many high-quality and customizable products they produce.
Thank you!

#WeareY #ymcaFoodPantry #StrongerTogether #BetterTogether #ymcainternational #HereForYou

Take a few minutes to watch the premiere of our Mindful Moment series on YMCA 360.  This series featuring Matt Popovits,...
05/20/2020

Take a few minutes to watch the premiere of our Mindful Moment series on YMCA 360. This series featuring Matt Popovits, Senior Pastor at St. Mark Houston, delivers powerful messages that are much needed during these uncertain times. Enjoy Matt’s first episode, “Faith”, and tune in each Tuesday for more moments of inspiration. Watch at >> https://hubs.ly/H0qHtD50

Remember to subscribe!

#hereforyou #mindfulness #ymcahouston

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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

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+17133399015

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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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