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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.
6300 Westpark Dr, Ste 600
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.
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|Tuesday||08:30 - 17:00|
|Wednesday||08:30 - 17:00|
|Thursday||08:30 - 17:00|
|Friday||08:30 - 17:00|
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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.