In 2019, the International Institute of New England served 2,519 refugees and immigrants, a 39% increase over last year. Our newly launched legal services program provided life-changing assistance to 624 people in 2019, and we saw an increase in the number of refugees we resettled. We expanded services to the Metro North region of Boston where we trained people for jobs at the new Encore Casino in Everett. We provided case management support to 840 people last year, another 720 people enrolled in English classes, and 874 people took part in employment training and placement programs.
In our Lowell site, IINE launched a Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program in partnership with Middlesex Community College and the Abisi Adult Learning Center. In Boston, we provided English instruction to employees at Tufts Medical Center. IINE signed an agreement to train the staff of a large Massachusetts-based human services provider to prepare their non-native English speakers to take and pass the medical administration program test.
Our popular live storytelling series, Suitcase Stories®, continues to draw enthusiastic audiences to mainstage and community shows. IINE is offering customized Suitcase Stories® programming to schools, businesses, churches, and community groups.