Respect for all people, no matter what their racial, ethnic or religious backgrounds must be encouraged in our community among both adults and children. People maybe frightened or uncertain with an influx of new neighbors. Many immigrants and refugees come from cultures that we may not know much about. Increasing intolerance of diversity is developing at an alarming rate in our society, in our neighborhoods. Few, if any, segments of our community do not feel the effect of prejudice and discrimination on a daily basis.
For recent immigrants and refugees, the struggle with American culture, employment, education, housing and food, is often overwhelming and frustrating. It is further complicated when there are language and culture barriers that affect their ability to successfully adjust.
Most immigrants and refugees will be involved with a program specifically targeted for them upon their arrival here. They may need to access existing community services for specific needs. In these situations, existing providers may not feel knowledgeable or comfortable enough to be able to work with this individual or family.
The following is a list of resources to either refer the child or family to or contact them directly for assistance in enabling you to work with the child or family.
Catholic Family Center's Refugee Assistance Program, (585)546-7220
Program services primarily targeted to refugees. They work with Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, ''Soviets", Eastern Europeans, Ethiopians, Haitians, Cubans, and individuals from Uganda. They have the following language resources: Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Greater Rochester Community of Churches' Resettlement Project, (585)546-1570
Project services primarily targeted to refugees. They work with Vietnamese, Ethiopians, Amer-Asians, Cambodians, Laotians, Romanians, Cubans, and "Soviet" immigrants. They have the following language resources: Spanish, Lao, Russian and Amharic.
Jewish Community Center's Resettlement Project, (585)461-0490
Program serves Soviet Jews and assists with housing, jobs, and financial aid.
Westside Adult Learning Center Refugee Assistance Program, (585)235-3990
Project provides pre-school services, job club, bilingual counseling, support groups and English as a second language. They work with the following language resources: Russian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Ukrainian and Chinese (several dialects).
Ibero-American Action League, Inc., (585)454-1430