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March 19, 2014
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As a result, the Institute has important multigenerational ties to local immigrant communities. Our programs and services are locally and nationally-acclaimed. We also have deep knowledge of the state of the immigrant communities and population trends. We serve as key consultants on a broad range of issues affecting the social, cultural and economic health of our region. Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength.
The Institute’s highly-acclaimed programs are arranged in THREE SERVICE PILLARS:
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• English, Computer & Citizenship Classes for Adults • Job Search • Employment Training • Refugee Resettlement • Immigration Application Preparation & Photos • Mental Health Services • Elderly Services • Counseling & Social Work • Human Trafficking
• Festival of Nations • Translation & Interpretation • the i - International Community Calendar • Speakers Bureau • Culture Links Directory • Multicultural & Ethnic Market Research • Cultural Competency Training • Multicultural Communication Training
Together, we can improve lives and help strengthen the St. Louis region.
Father and Daughter Reunited
Six-year-old Mona was away from home when the raid occurred in her village in Darfur, Sudan. Her parents were forced to leave without her and flee to Kenya with her three siblings. Her father, Munawar, would agonize over the decision for years to come.
For five years, the family lived in uncertainty, struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Finally, in 2009, they learned they were being resettled by the International Institute. In St. Louis, Institute staff provided the family with cultural orientation, and Munawar and his wife attended English classes. He also worked with employment staff to get a janitorial job.