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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Registration for the event is free. Any information provided during registration and the actual event will remain confidential.

Register here:
https://ymcahouston.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bxxgct_BQZqeWrhNK3_7_g

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We're hiring a case manager specializing in digital literacy at YMCA International Services. Join us in making a difference in the lives of refugees. Apply today!
#refugees #YMCAinternational #strongertogether

We seek people who want to make a difference. The YMCA of Greater Houston is a leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, and is committed to making our community stronger. The Y is a dynamic and diverse organization. We are recognized around the world as a s...

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https://ymcahouston.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bxxgct_BQZqeWrhNK3_7_g

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Merry Christmas from your friends at the YMCA of Greater Houston! Wishing you and your loved ones peace and joy today and always.

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Keeping You Informed!
No Food Pantry through the holidays.

The Food Pantry will reopen on January 8, 10:00 - 12:00.

12/17/2020

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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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