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Lowell, MA

About our Lowell site

IINE Lowell 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 the Manchester and Nashua communities. Resettlement includes an intensive 30 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 permanentm residents with the naturalization process.

Education

Language training for adult English for 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.

Employement

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

Driver’s Education in-house program prepares clients to pass the learner’s permit test.

Refugee Youth School Impact

In partnership with the Lowell Public Schools, academic and social adjustment support for refugee children entering and graduating from K-12 education.

Individual Development Account (IDA) Program

Through the promotion of regular savings habits and increased financial literacy, participants develop savings towards the purchase a vehicle, home, the launch of a small business, or to support education costs, thereby building individual, family, and community resources.

Lowell site related news

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 [...]

A grateful update from IINE

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Everyone Has A Suitcase Story

By Cheryl Hamilton, Suitcase Stories Director “I am not sure I have a story.” This is often the response when I speak with someone about participating in Suitcase Stories®, a signature program of the International Institute of [...]

IINE’s COVID-19 plan, and the need for community

Dear Friends: Our highest priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and community. In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, effective today, the International Institute of New England suspended most on-site services and [...]

IINE Statement on the Expanded Travel Ban

Last week, President Trump announced the expansion of the unjust and xenophobic Travel Ban policy. Effective February 22, new restrictions will apply to immigrants from Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. This [...]