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Lowell, MA

About our Lowell site

IINE: Lowell site has welcomed refugees to the city since 1919. Today, the site serves refugee families and individuals from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar/Burma, China, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Honduras, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Uganda. We also serve Special Immigrant Visa holders from Afghanistan and Iraq, and Cubans and Haitians who are beneficiaries of the Cuban/Haitian entrant program. The International Institute provides an array of support services starting with the initial resettlement program that lasts for a short 90 days. Support services are focused on helping refugees and immigrants successfully transition into their new lives in the United States and include job placements services; cultural adjustment programming; English language instruction; extended case management support; an asset development program for families ready to take steps towards purchasing a vehicle or home; and citizenship application services.

Lowell site programs & services

Refugee Resettlement

Reception and welcoming of new Americans in our communities. Resettlement includes an intensive 90 day support period to help connect families with housing, food, financial assistance, and cultural supports.

Case Management

support services to facilitate ongoing access to basic needs, remove barriers to self-sufficiency, and to promote self-efficacy.

Civic Engagement

Trained program staff provide legal assistance to eligible legal permanent residents with the naturalization process.

Education

AM and PM ESOL classes.
Language training for adult English Speakers of Other Languages with a focus on college and career readiness.
Clients increase their English language skills and receive coaching to help them meet their educational and vocational goals.

Targeted Services for Asylees and Cuban-Haitian Entrants

Support services to facilitate asylee and entrant access to health insurance and healthcare, education, employment programs, and public benefits.

Employment

Job preparation, training, search, placement, and retention services that help refugees and immigrants prepare for and access quality jobs and careers.

Citizenship Services

Trained program staff screen potential applicants and provide pro bono assistance to eligible legal permanent residents with the naturalization process.

Skills Training

Healthcare focused training for CNA and MAP.
Learner permit preparation.
Workforce orientation.

Youth Services

Workshops, career exploration, educational support and mentoring for refugee and immigrant youth.

Lowell site related news

Memory lane calling – IINE client comes full circle

By Sherry Spaulding, Education and Youth Program Manager I received a very special phone call today. It was Samuel Jordan, the 74-year-old patriarch of a Liberian family who was my very first job placement client when I [...]

She was an asylee with COVID-19 and needed help – IINE responds

This message comes from Sabyne Denaud, IINE’s Community Services Manager in Lowell. She shared this story as part of our All Together campaign, made possible by a generous $15k match offer from a family foundation and friend of IINE. This month, they will [...]

National Volunteer Appreciation Week at IINE

Each year, the International Institute serves thousands of refugee, asylee, and immigrant families through our many supportive services. Nearly every IINE program depends on volunteers to deliver the quality support our students and clients deserve. IINE [...]

IINE works from home

Since March 12, 2020, the vast majority of IINE employees are working remotely to keep safe and practice social distancing. For an organization that thrives on personal connection, face-to-face service delivery, and group interaction, it was [...]

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