Resources Update for Immigrants and Refugees: Events, Citizenship and Technology Classes, Employment Programs and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
May 21, 2021--Each month, the Department of Community and Human Services is highlighting new and existing resources for immigrants and refugees.
The City of Alexandria is home to more than 150,000 people from a rich diversity of backgrounds. The City is committed to providing a wide range of effective and essential safety net services to improve or maintain the well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of all its residents, including the hundreds of refugees and immigrants we welcome into our community every year.
ECDC Mother’s Day Celebration
Afghan Mothers are invited to join the virtual Mother’s Day Women’s Group for a guest speaker and conversation on May 13 at 6 p.m. Dari interpretation is provided. Contact email@example.com to register.
Arlington Community Outreach Program Citizenship Classes are open for enrollment. The free, virtual classes are open to both Arlington and non-Arlington residents. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.228.1198 with any questions or to register.
Career Pathways Program
The Career Pathways Program is actively enrolling new participants in their employment services program for refugees, SIVs, and approved asylees. Enrollees receive employment assistance with resume development, interviewing practice, case management. For more information check the website or email email@example.com.
Vaccines Available to Everyone 16 or Older
Vaccines are free of charge and available to everyone ages 16 and up. View locations and schedule an appointment at alexandriava.gov/Vaccines.
Be a Mentor
Lutheran Social Services Refugee Youth Mentor: LSSNCA is looking for more mentors for refugee youth and families. Now that mentoring is fully remote, you can do so from wherever you live! See the website for details or contact Debi Kant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free FAFSA Assistance
The Virginia College Access Network (VirginiaCAN) and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia have partnered on a statewide effort to offer free, one-on-one FAFSA completion assistance through June 30. Students and families can go to www.virginiacan.org/fafsa to schedule a virtual meeting and connect with an advisor who can answer questions and walk them through filling out the FAFSA application.
Virginia Preschool Initiative Program
The City of Alexandria, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and local preschool providers are working together to connect qualifying families to a free or low-cost educational program. Alexandria residents with a child turning four by September 30 can learn more information by visiting the ACPS website.
Alexandria Child Care Assistance Program
The Child Care Assistance Program provides opportunities for low income Alexandrians to receive the quality childcare for 76 months. The Program now serves parents seeking childcare while they search for employment. Complete the application online at commonhelp.virginia.gov or call 703.746.5437 to complete the application by phone.
Tech for Daily Living Class
Join Dar al Hijrah in a weekly basic technology skills class on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m., May 26 - June 23. Register online.
Additional News and Information
Refugee Cap Raised: President Biden has announced a revision to the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap, raising it from 15,000 to 62,500 for this fiscal year. Read the White House briefing.
Travel Advisory: The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory strongly recommending that all U.S. residents reconsider travel abroad due to the high risk of exposure to COVID-19. Approximately 80% of countries worldwide have been identified as “Level 4: Do Not Travel.” People who intend to travel internationally should check the country on the Travel Advisory webpage for the latest information.
Eid is expected to be May 13: Eid al-Fitr, also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast" or Lesser Eid, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
Learn more about additional resources and services for immigrants and refugees.