How You Can Help
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.
A Thriving Entrepreneur
“Tell people you aren’t going to regret foreigners coming here; tell people about me,” says Rekan. Sponsored by the Institute, he and his immediate family were welcomed for resettlement through the resources of the US Refugee Program in 2009.
Today, Rekan, 28, is a thriving entrepreneur who is also completing petroleum engineering and geology degrees at Missouri Science & Technology. Meanwhile, he is studying for his US citizenship exam which he plans to take by year-end. By birth, Rekan is a Kurd from Northern Iraq -- a vulnerable population on which ISIS has been waging war in recent months.