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Naturalize Charlotte is a collaborative effort to increase naturalizations among eligible residents through dissemination of information, classes, community support, and volunteerism.

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Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte’s immigration program is accredited by the Department of Justice and their immigration specialists are recognized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to represent clients. Their staff help clients better understand their legal status and possible immigration benefits. Both staff members are bilingual in Spanish and English and have access to local immigration attorneys, as well as to Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc (CLINIC), a nationwide network of immigration attorneys. Their services include: Citizenship, Travel Documents, Family Petitions and Consular Process, Green Card (Replacement and Renewals), Adjustment of Status, Translation and Notary Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA- Renewal), Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program provides services to help refugees adapt to their adopted homeland by becoming self-sustaining and productive members of their community. Services include assistance with housing, social services, cultural orientation, health care referrals, school registration, employment assistance, interpretation services, transportation to initial appointments, referrals for instruction in English as a Second Language, and a youth program for those in kindergarten through 12th grade.

 

Contact:

Immigration

Anggie Fernandez

alfernandez@charlottediocese.org

Charlotte: 704-370-3219

Refugee Support

Lashonda Walker

704-370-3397

LRWalker@charlottediocese.org

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Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) offers Multi-level English Classes, Citizenship Preparation Classes, Educational Advising, and Vocational Training.

 

Contact:

Lindsay LaPlante

lindsay.laplante@cpcc.edu

International House

International House offers Immigration Legal Services, Multi-level ESL Classes (adults), citizenship tutoring and classes (adults), English Conversation Hour (all ages), Family Storytime (birth-5), and the Rising Readers program (K-3, Summer only program).

Contact:

Jennifer De La Jara

jdelajara@ihclt.org

704-333-8099

Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency offers Citizenship Preparation Classes and  Immigration Legal Services  to all members of the public.   Immigration Services including  green cards, permanent residency, adjustment of status and citizenship applications.

 

Other services for refugees and asylees including employment services, intensive medical case management and social support. 

Contact:

Marsha Hirsch

marsha.hirsh@carolinarefugee.org

704-535-8803

Latin American Coalition

La Coalición offers citizenship workshops on screening, Fee Waiver Evaluations, Application Assistance, and Attorney Review. They also offer ESL and citizenship classes and operate an Immigration Legal Clinic that focuses on Green Cards and Adjustments of Status. All programs are offered in both Spanish and English.

 

Contact:

Ivonne Bass

ibass@mylac.org

704-941-2553

Refugee Support Services

Refugee Support Services offers Self-Sufficiency Skills Training and operates a Refugee Help Center. In addition, the Refugee Support Services Education Program provides refugee children and parents with a safe, loving, nurturing, environment that promotes a love for learning and creative play.

Contact:

Rachel Humphries

info@refugeesupportservices.org  

704-458-3245

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system and aids with citizenship, naturalization, and civic integration. USCIS offers Naturalization Presentations and Naturalization Study Materials.

Contact:

 

Charlotte Community Relations Officer

cltcro@uscis.dhs.gov

704-676-3148

7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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ourBRIDGE

At ourBRIDGE, students receive homework help, participate in hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering , Arts and Math) projects, and engage in a culturally relevant curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning. With an average of 100 kids served per day, ourBRIDGE offers students a curriculum that includes gardening, cooking, art, sports, education, and more. ourBRIDGE also aims to help the adults in the families that they serve through partnerships with organizations like Crisis Assistance and the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. ourBRIDGE's focus is on the social and emotional well being of their students.

Contact:

(980) 272-6022
info@joinourbridge.org

Southeast Asian Coalition

The Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) is a grassroots-led social justice organization serving Southeast Asian and Black communities in North Carolina - primarily Guilford, Wake, Catawba and Mecklenburg County. SEAC exists to reinforce and uphold integrity, empowerment, inclusion, tradition, leadership, and critical consciousness at the grassroots level. Through our citizenship work, SEAC builds our network of partners and volunteers to provide culturally appropriate education and access to free, in-language legal services.  

Contact:

 

Jenny Lee

jenny@seacvillage.org

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YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is dedicated to building inclusive and equitable communities for people of all ages, incomes, backgrounds and abilities. The YMCA New American Welcome Centers strengthen immigrant access to vital social services and provide a range of services for community members such as ESL and Parents as Teachers. The Y serves as a convener fostering bridge building between new immigrants and long-time residents.

Contact:

 

Candace Murray

Candace.Murray@YMCAcharlotte.org

 

Pilar Perez

Pilar.Perez@YMCAcharlotte.org

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