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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, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, and Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee

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.

The MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board to fund this program. MassHire Programs & Services are funded in full by US Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration grants. Additional details furnished upon request.

Lowell site related news

A collaboration between local organizations has brought fresh produce each week to the kitchens of newcomer families in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The International Institute of New England officially suspended all its in-person services on March 13. Ever since, we have been working tirelessly and creatively to continue to support our immigrant and refugee communities. We had to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances and [...]

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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