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Immigrants/Refugees

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Information regarding citizenship and immigration services, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship. Available from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To schedule an appointment visit the website, (800) 375-5283. http://www.uscis.gov

General consultations, family petitions, adjustments of status, asylum and refugee applications, dportation/removal proceedings, citizen and nationality law, non-immigrant visas, work authorizations, translation and housing assistance, transportation, referrals for ESL classes, medical and other refugee benefits, employment services, advocacy for refugees and community education on refugee resettlement is available from the Archdiocese of Detroit Refugee Services Office in Detroit, (586) 416-1113. Website: www.aodonline.org

Help with naturalization through one-on-one appointments with clients in the Catholic Charities of Michigan office (Clinton Township) and through a series of Group Naturalization Workshops. Available from Catholic Chartieis of SE MIchigan, Clinton Township, MI 48038, (586) 416-1113. Website:  www.ccsem.org

Immigration services, citizenship classes, ESL classes, basic and advanced computer classes, translations, interpretations, notary public services, job placement, and vocational classes is available from the Macomb Hispanic and International Service Center, Mt. Clemens. (586) 741-5410.

Preparation for qualified individuals for the naturalization process by students and attorneys of Cooley’s Law School - Auburn Hills Campus. In addition, pro-bono attorneys offer free thirty-minute consultations on non-naturalization matters relating to immigration law.  Available from Cooley’s Law School, Immigration Law Outreach, (734) 372-4994. Email: wynterd@cooley.edu Website: http://www.cooley.edu

Immigration/Social Services, Refugee Resettlement, Ethnic Enrichment, Languages/ESL Education is available from The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc., (313) 871-8600 Website: http://www.iimd.org

Assistance for immigrants with visa, documentation and status issues is available from the Piast Institute, Hamtramck. (313) 733-4535 E-mail:info@piastinstitute.org Website:  http://www.piastinstitute.org/about.html

Help in the preparation of documents for the Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for applications for citizenship, asylum, non-immigrant visas and family unification petitions. Clients are also represented before the USCIS and Immigration Court. Available from the Arab American Chaldean Council Immigration & Translation Services in Lathrup Village (248) 559-0960 and Detroit (313) 369-4730. Website: http://www.myacc.org

Citizenship classes are available from the Latin Americans for Special and Economic Development (LA SED), Detroit. (313) 554-2025. Website:  http://www.lasedinc.org/

Preparation for qualified individuals for the naturalization process through one-on-one appointments.  Available from the Chaldean Community Foundation, Sterling Heights, (586) 722-7253. http://www.chaldeanfoundation.org

Online classes


A website offering English classes online
targeting new U.S. Citizens and Spanish speakers. Website: www.usalearns.org/

Non-Native Speakers

 

English as a Second Language is available at the English Language Institute (ELI) of  Wayne State University (WSU) which teaches English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. (313) 577-2729 Website: http://www.eli.wayne.edu/

 

Latinos

English as a Second Language is available from the Latin Americans for Special and Economic Development (LA SED), Detroit. (313) 554-2025. Website: www.lasedinc.org/

 

English as a Second Language is available at the English Language Institute (ELI) of Wayne State University (WSU) which teaches English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. (313) 577-2729. Website: http://www.eli.wayne.edu/

 

English as a Second Language is available from Latino Family Services, Detroit, (313) 841-7380. Website: http://www.latinofamilyservices.com/

Chinese


English as a Second Language and other language classes
are available from the Association of Chinese Americans, Madison Heights, MI. (248) 585-9343. Website: www.acadetroit.org

 SCHOOL DISTRICT

 CENTERS

 TELEPHONE

 Anchor Bay School District
http://www.anchorbay.misd.net

Compass Point Learning Center
51518 Industrial Drive
New Baltimore, MI 48047

 (586) 725-2205
Ask for Charlene Higgins

Chippewa Valley Public Schools
 http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/departments/community-ed/english-as-a-second-language/

Chippewa Valley Adult & Community Education
19230 Cass Avenue
Clinton Twp, MI 48038

(586) 723-2000 ext. 7
Ask for Jim Fields

Lake Shore Public Schools
http://www.lakeshoreschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=422248&pageId=513121

 St. Clair Shores Adult & Education Ctr.
23055 Masonic
St. Clair Shores, MI  48082

(586) 285-8880
Ask for Erin Fournier

L'Anse Creuse/Clinton Township Center for Lifelong Learning at the DiAnne M.
Pellerin Center
24001 F.V. Pankow Glvd.
Clinton Twp., MI  48036
(586) 783.-6420

Macomb Community College
www.macomb.edu

Classes are offered at Center and South Campuses

(586) 498-4121

Utica Community Schools
 

Utica Adult Education
Training and Development Center
7600 18 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314-3249

 586-797-6994
Ask for Debbie Placetta

Warren Consolidated Schools
www.wcs.k12.mi.us
For ages 20 and up

Flynn Educational Center
2899 Fox Hill
Sterling Heights, MI  48310

(586) 825-2900 ext. 29951
(Flynn office)
or
(586) 698-4305
(Direct line)

Warren Woods (northeast Warren)
http://www.warrenwoods.misd.net/our-schools/adultcommunity-education/english-as-a-second-language/

 Warren Woods Adult Education
13400 12 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48089

(586) 439-4408

(No school district)

First Needs Human Care
offers ESL classes for Immigrants at Hope Lutheran
Church in Warren and Compassion Pregnancy
Center in Clinton Township.

(586) 477-1530

Online classes

A website offering English classes online targeting new U.S. Citizens and Spanish speakers. www.usalearns.org/

Non-Native Speakers

English as a Second Language is available at the English Language Institute (ELI) of W ayne State University (WSU) which teaches English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. (313) 577-2729. http://www.eli.wayne.edu/

Latinos

ESL classes are available from the Macomb Hispanic and International Service Center, Mt. Clemens. (586) 741-5410.

English as a Second Language is available from the Latin Americans for Special and Economic Development (LA SED), Detroit. (313) 554-2025. www.lasedinc.org/

English as a Second Language is available at the English Language Institute (ELI) of W ayne State University (WSU) which teaches English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. (313) 577-2729. http://www.eli.wayne.edu/

English as a Second Language is available from Latino Family Services, Detroit, (313) 841-7380.  Facebookpage:  https://www.facebook.com/latinofamilyservices/

Chinese

English as a Second Language and other language classes are available from the Association of Chinese Americans, Madison Heights, MI. (248) 585-9343. www.acadetroit.org

Also see “Literacy” Chapter

Elementary, Middle School and High School public education is available through 21 Macomb County school districts to prepare youth for advanced education or the work place.

The following service is also available which provides additional assistance to eligible students:

In-school Individualized Instruction is available free in some Macomb County schools to youth 14 to 21 years who are at risk of dropping out of school.  Services include individualized instruction for students who are deficient in reading and math.  Students must meet income guidelines. Contact your local high school counselor.
Free trained volunteer reading tutors are matched one-on-one with persons over the age of 18 who have trouble with reading (reading a newspaper, understanding directions on a prescription, filling out an application, etc.), or anyone who is learning to speak, read and write English. Days, times and places for the help is negotiable. Available from Macomb Literacy Partners, (586) 286-2750.

GED Certification is available from the Center for Lifelong Learning at the DiAnne M. Pellerin Center, Clinton Township, (586) 783-6420.

Personal assistance in studying for the GED at the student's pace, not a classroom setting. Students will be ready for the exam when they are done. Available from South Eastern Michigan Indians, Inc., Center Line, (586) 586-756-1350.

Free trained volunteer reading tutors are matched one-on-one with persons over the age of 18 who have trouble with reading (reading a newspaper, understanding directions on a prescription, filling out an application, etc.), or anyone who is learning to speak, read and write English. Days, times and places for the help is negotiable.  Available from Macomb Literacy Partners, (586) 286-2750. https://www.macombliteracy.org/

Citizenship classes, English as a Second Language classes, social services referrals, translation of documents, interpretation, emergency services program (rent/mortgage assistance, utility shut-off, THAW and MI CAFÉ programs), emergency food assistance, legal assistance, family reunification, National Visa Center Processing, Swearing-In ceremonies, Refugee Medical Assessment Program. The Sterling Heights office offers counseling for victims of torture as well as health services to new immigrants and the community. Available from ACCESS, Sterling Heights, MI, (586) 722-6036. Website: www.accesscommunity.org

Education, health, and counseling for immigrants is available from Angel House, Dearborn, MI. (313) 849-2522. Website: http://http://www.angelhouse.org Email: angelhouseinfo@gmail.com

Job development and placement, vocational English language training and citizenship services, translation/interpretation services, help with social adjustment, outreach and referral
is available from Samaritas, Detroit. (313) 823-7700. Email: info@lssm.org Website: https://www.samaritas.org/


 

Help newly-arrived refugees through their confusing first months in the United States including services such as providing a furnished house or apartment, enroll the children in school, help the refugees apply for Social Security cards and other necessary documents, assist with cultural and social integration into the community, refer the new arrivals to training in English as a second language, and assist with family reunification. Available from Samaritas – Refugee Services, Detroit, MI 48214. (313) 823-7700. Email: info@lssm.org Website: https://www.samaritas.org/
Shelter for refugees seeking political asylum in the United States. Refugees live at Freedom House while their asylum cases are pending before the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Also prepares asylum applications and provides legal representation to refugees before the U.S. Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal Courts. For more information, call Freedom House, (313) 964-4320. Email: info@freedomhousedetroit.org; Website: www.freedomhousedetroit.org

Assistance to refugees who are forced to leave their country because of war or political turmoil.
Services include sponsorship, immigration assistance, legal services and assistance with resettlement and acculturation, job development and placement, vocation English language training and citizenship services. Available from Samaritas, Detroit, MI, (313) 823-7700 Website: https://www.samaritas.org/
Free legal services to people who are pre-screened and referred by the Eastern Michigan Division of The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Detroit. (313) 361-6340. Website: www.usc.salvationarmy.org

Legal
services are available for immigrants at the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, (313) 596-0262. Website: www.law.udmercy.edu
Acculturation services are available for immigrants or refugees from any country:  

·   Career services (resume writing, career coaching)
·   English as a Second Language (ESL)
·   Immigration services (Adjustment of status, naturalization, replacement of green
    card/certificate of naturalization, certificate of citizenship, employment
    authorization)
·   Information and referrals to other service agenices
·   Mental health services  

Available from the Chaldean Community Foundation Refugee Acculturation, Sustainability and Training (RAST), (586) 722-7253. www.chaldeanfoundation.org

·  Basic need services (food, clothing, furniture)
·  English as a Second Language (ESL)
·   Sewing Classes

ESL and Sewing classes are sponsored by First Needs Human Care and offered at Hope Lutheran Church in Warren and Compassion Crisis Pregnancy Center in Clinton Township.

Basic need services are available from First Needs Human Care, (586) 477-1530

An internet site for immigrant services and resources to meet immigrant needs, connect with an immigrant community, or find ethnic events happening in SE Michigan. Go to Welcome Mat Detroit: http://www.welcomematdetroit.org/

Asian

A handbook to address the main issues and provide resources and information to assist Asian Pacific Americans to live a full and quality life in the state of Michigan is available for free download from the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission: www.michigan.gov/MAPAAC (517) 648-4942