Services for New Americans

Introduction

Most services listed here are free, unless otherwise noted. However, please contact the agencies regarding the particular service you are interested in to confirm. Find other resource guides produced by the Business & Career Library Information at http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/ejic/resource-guides

Internet Links
Caribbean Women’s Health Association - Immigrant Service Center
100 Parkside Avenue, Fourth Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226 / Phone: 718.826.2942 / Community health education, advice, referrals, citizenship and immigration-related legal assistance, and youth services for ages 10-19, including lectures on abstinence and workshops on self-esteem, relationships, decision making and communication. Staff speak English, Haitian-Creole, French and Spanish.
 
Chinatown Manpower Project
70 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013 / Phones: 212.571.1690, 212.571.1686 (fax) / Computer basics and job placement assistance for refugees and asylees, or for those with a low income. Vocational training program for ages 19-21 offers basic skills classes, job placement and English classes. Staff speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, and Russian.
 
Diaspora Community Services
182 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 / Phones: 718.399.0200, 718.399.0360 (fax) / Referrals to medical care, case management and help with housing for those HIV infected. Legal/immigration advice for those HIV infected and other immigrants. Workshops for teens on how to avoid pregnancy, counseling for seniors and empowerment program for women, which includes intensive English skills training and informative workshops. Staff speak English, Haitian- Creole and Spanish.
 
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 / Phone: 215.386.5900 / Information on United States Medical Licensing Exam and program for medical licensure in the United States.
 
Family Support Center - Adult Education Department
6025 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 / Phone: 718.630.7150 / Basic education in English and Spanish, GED and ESOL classes, training program to be a medical office assistant and certified nursing assistant with internships (ask about eligibility), basic computer training, job readiness training, resume help and interview training. For residents of Sunset Park and surrounding areas. Staff speak English, Arabic, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Russian.
 
Imani House
76A Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 / Phone: 718.638.2059 / Job referral and training program in coordination with New York City’s Workforce1 Career Center, among others. ESOL, Pre-GED and GED classes, referrals for legal assistance, employment and career services, information and other referrals, as well as bias awareness, violence prevention and youth development programs. Also has a food pantry. Staff speak English and Spanish.
 
International Rescue Committee - NYC Refugee Employment Project
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 1100, New York, NY 10168 / Phones: 212.551.3150, 212.551.3154 (fax) / Job preparation, job counseling, job orientation, job placement and ESOL classes for refugees, asylees, and Cuban and Haitian parolees with appropriate documentation who lack citizenship. Staff speak English, Albanian, Bosnian, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Croatian, French, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
 
Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst - Job Placement and Training Department
2164 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214 / Phone: 718.331.0395 / Beginning and advanced computer training, city and state job exams preparation, bookkeeping courses, and teachers and assistant teachers exam preparation for refugees and asylees with a low income. Staff speak English and Russian.
 
Jewish Community House of Greater Coney Island - Job Training and Placement Assistance Programs
3001 West 37th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224 / Phones: 718.449.5000 ext. 257, 718. 946.8240 (fax) / Direct placement and training courses in medical-related and computer-related fields, resume preparation, counseling and vocational training. For refugees and asylees with less than five years in the United States, those who receive unemployment benefits or those on public assistance with children under age 19. Staff speak English and Russian.
 
New York Legal Assistance Group
Phone: 212.613.5000 / The Immigration Protection Unit, The Citizenship Initiative and Naturalization Project, The New York State Refugee and Asylee Assistance Project, and the Specialist Project for immigrants from the former Soviet Union provide legal services to immigrants. Attorneys available for consultation Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM until 3 PM. Staff speak English, Russian and Spanish.
 
New York Work Alliance
30 Broad Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10004 / Phones: 212.742.1009, 212.742.1004 / Career counseling and placement services for immigrants and refugees on public assistance, single females and heads of households with a low income. Call to make appointment. Staff speak English, Bosnian, Cantonese, French, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
 
Shorefront YM-YWHA
3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235 / Phones: 718.646.1444, 718.934.3500 (Family Service Center) / Career counseling, job search help, computer classes, social services to upgrade skills, programs for children and teens, crisis intervention, information and referrals, legal consultation, and ESOL and citizenship preparation classes. Also after-school programs, preschool and day care center. Staff speak English and Russian.
 
The Latin American Workers Project
1080 Willoughby Avenue, Second Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11221 / Phones: 718.628.6222, 718.628.4111 (fax) / Legal assistance to manual laborers and street venders. Entrepreneurship training, ESOL and computer classes, and vocational training. Small annual membership fee. Staff speak English and Spanish.
 
Upwardly Global
21 Washington Street, Fourth Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 / Phone: 718.237.5377 / Career services for high potential immigrant job seekers who have at least a four-year university level education, sufficient English for job search and contacts, are legally authorized to work in the United States, and are email and internet users.
World Education Services
 
P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274 / Phone: 212.966.6311 / Evaluation of foreign education. Fee.
More Information
Family Support Center - Adult Education Department
6025 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 / Phone: 718.630.7150 / Basic education in English and Spanish, GED and ESOL classes, training program to be a medical office assistant and certified nursing assistant with internships (ask about eligibility), basic computer training, job readiness training, resume help and interview training. For residents of Sunset Park and surrounding areas. Staff speak English, Arabic, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
 
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees
335 Maple Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225 / Phone: 718.735.4660 / Workers’ rights and immigrant rights education, community leadership training, ESOL classes and basic education classes in Haitian-Creole for adults. Staff speak English, Haitian-Creole and French.
 
Jewish Community House - Department of Immigrant Services, Russian Service Center
7802 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11214 / Phone: 718.331.6800 / Immigration counseling, legal and translation services, and citizenship and ESOL classes. Summer camp, after-school program, youth and senior programs, day care, business club, book club, and health insurance information and referrals. Staff speak English and Russian.
New York Immigration Hotline
Phones: 212.419.3737, 800.566.7636 / Information on reputable, non-profit immigration service providers. Staff speak English, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Croatian, French, Haitian-Creole, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Panjabi, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu.
 
Southside Community Mission - Immigration Office
250 Hooper Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 / Phone: 718.387.3803 / Work authorization, applications for citizenship, family petitions and family visas, advice and referrals, citizenship classes and assistance with completing forms. For Latino community. Staff speak English and Spanish.