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.
Pursuing the American Dream
Boniface has never "settled" for anything in his life - even though he has faced huge obstacles at nearly every turn.
At the age of 15, Boniface fled the Democratic Republic of Congo to nearby Tanzania, where he spent 10 years in a refugee camp. There Boniface decided he wanted to become a nurse. He studied for a year and then got a nursing job in the refugee camp hospital. In 2007, his resettlement application for the US was approved.
At first, Boniface found St. Louis bitterly cold, and he disliked the snow! He struggled to make friends since he couldn't speak English. But soon, Boniface enrolled in Institute English classes, and we helped him search for a job.