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Cultural Assimilation Resources

ANCHOR International Mission, Inc.

Services: Specializing in cultural and educational assimilation. Serving refugees for 25 years of all age groups with various human needs (i.e. school, court, employment, USCIS). Offers legal and agency referrals and resources for physical and material hand-ups, welcoming and friendship connections, advocacy and awareness, outreach and television programs.

Address: PO Box 43777, Charlotte, NC 28215

Phone: 704.497.3387


Carolinas Refugee Resettlement Agency

Services: Embraces refugees who arrive in Charlotte, recognizing their experiences, trying to ease their transition into a new country, and respecting their need to remember where they came from. Services include assistance with housing, social services, health care referrals, school registration, community and cultural orientation, budgeting and financial education, employment assistance, driver’s education, interpretation services, transportation to initial appointments, English classes, and citizenship services.

Address: 5007 Monroe Road, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28205

Phone: 704.535.8803


Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte

Services: Welcomes newly arrived refugee families to Charlotte and provides services to help refugees adapt to their adopted homeland by becoming self-sustaining and productive members of their community. Services include assistance with housing, social services, health care referrals, school registration, community and cultural orientation, budgeting and financial education, employment assistance, driver’s education, interpretation services, transportation to initial appointments, referrals to English classes, after-school programs and summer programs and immigration/citizenship services.

Address: 1123 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28203 Phone: 800.227.7261 or 704.370.3262


Charlotte Awake

Services: Creates pathways of hope by equipping the Church to meet unmet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs within the refugee community.

Phone: 704.769.0299


Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)

Services: Offers free English and citizenship classes, opportunities to build job skills and pursue additional education and job opportunities. For more information and to register for classes either call or speak with the refugee recruitment, retention and assessment specialist, Lindsay Laplante at the following locations:

Neighborhood Good Samaritan (Mondays)

Address: 3557 N Sharon Amity Road, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28205

Cokesbury United Methodist Church (Tuesdays)

Address: 6701 Idlewild Rd, Charlotte, NC 28212

Galilee Center (Wednesday)

Address: 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205

Shamrock Senior Center (Thursday)

Address: 3925 Willard Farrow Drive, Charlotte 28215 Phone: 843.607.5864


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Smith Family Center

Services: Student Placement assists families who need help enrolling with the district. Information is available on schools, CMS programs and special services. Parents can meet with a specialist to discuss placement options and complete

the enrollment process.

The International Center provides enrollment information and assessment for students who speak a language other than English. Parents can receive assistance with enrollment, English language assessment, and immunization requirements.

Assessment will include language proficiency to comply with existing federal guidelines and to determine eligibility for the English as a Second Language Program. Offers after-school and summer programs for ESL students.

The Magnet Program assists families with information about the district’s magnet school opportunities. CMS recognizes that every child has unique interests and talents and the magnet programs are designed to address those specific needs.
The Bright Beginnings Pre-K Program is an award-winning, literacy-based initiative for 4-year-olds with identified educational needs. Eligibility is determined based on a formal screening process. At the Family Application Center, parents who are interested can find out more and set up appointments to have their children screened for the Pre-K program.

Community Partnerships & Family Engagement Department supports student achievement and encourages family and community involvement through training, community collaboration, education and awareness.

Address: 1600 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Phone: 980-343-5567

Website: ult.aspx

Cross Cultural Resources

Services: Cultural orientation classes, interpretation training, competency training, and interpreting services.

Address: 4801 E. Independence Blvd, Suite 608, Charlotte, NC 28212 Phone: 704-464-0016


Ethiopian Community Association of Charlotte and Surrounding Area

Services: Various integration services including translation, connection to Ethiopian community, and information sharing.

Contact: Dr. Tekle Ayano Phone: 704.564.6348


International House

Services: Offers English as a Second Language Classes and Conversation Hours to informally practice speaking English, citizenship classes, cultural programs, international book club, Young Professionals club and more. Ginter Immigration Law Clinic offers pro-rated legal representation to clients seeking US citizenship and permanent residency as well as work permits, travel document

and replacement of lost or stolen permanent resident cards and naturalization certificates. Also represent clients who are seeking reunification with family members living abroad.

Address: 1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 Phone: 704.333.8099


Latin American Coalition

Services: Promotes full and equal participation of all people in the civic, economic and cultural life of North Carolina through education, celebration and advocacy. Classes are offered in ESL (English as a Second Language), computer basics, financial literacy, basic workforce development, small business development, and labor rights. Assistance provided in navigating the Charlotte community, finding jobs and becoming citizens, as well as victim assistance and crisis intervention. See website for details.

Address: 4938 Central Avenue, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28205

Phone: 704.531.3848


Learning Help Centers of Charlotte

Services: Offering free programs to workforce apartment management, residents and children right where they live by helping them create healthy, happy communities.

Afterschool support and tutoring for resident children 6-14 years with the goal of improving student reading, writing & math proficiency, school grades and reversing the adverse drop out from high school trend. Summer camps offer reading and academic enrichment, work ethic development, educational field trips, sports, swim clinics, and a whole lot more. Year round creative arts and sports clinics include apartment-based soccer, swimming,

painting/drawing, music & dance. ESL classes, parenting classes, financial literacy & job assistance are also offered. See website for more details and location of programs.

Address: PO Box 1440, Pineville, NC 28134 Phone: 980.297.5114


Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center

Services: Provides agency referrals, education and immigration advocacy, naturalization assistance, civics classes, job readiness, ESL classes, language computer lab, driving classes, home economics classes and assistance with basic human needs.

Address: 3557 N Sharon Amity Road, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28205 Phone: 704.531.9989



Services: Provides a safe, nurturing, respectful environment for refugee and immigrant students and their families to adjust to a new culture, learn a new language and get the support they need to succeed at school and life. After school program

and summer programs for grades K-5 offer hands on science, cooking, math, and engineering activities all with an English as a Second language component.

Address: 1350 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28205

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, closed Sunday Phone: 980.272.6022


Project 658

Services: Free Beginner to Intermediate English classes for adults. Free childcare is available onsite for students with children. Call to register for the class. Assistance in navigating services and case management. Professional counseling.

Address: 3646 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 am Phone: 704.733.9934


Refugee Support Services

Services: The Help Center assists refugees to navigate the American system by offering help with such things as reading mail, understanding bills or food stamps, filling out job applications or immigration (USCIS) forms, making phone calls, registering children in PreK/Bright Beginnings, communicating with schools,

or attending court. The Fruitful Friend program connects a refugee family with an American family who can show them around Charlotte and help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Address: 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 Phone: 704.458. 3245


Shamrock Senior Center Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Services: Provides transportation and lunch for English language training, acculturation opportunities and immigration assistance to help refugee 60 years or older gain citizenship. CMSC also provides referrals to appropriate resources and assistance with arrangements for the necessary services. Oral interpretation, in conjunction with the refugee’s service plan, is provided as necessary.

Address: 3925 Willard Farrow Drive, Charlotte 28215 Phone: 704-531-9101

Southeast Asian Coalition

Services: Provides youth tutoring, English instruction, bridging cultural gaps for youth and families, citizenship services, voter education and registration, and immigration and education advocacy.

Address: 4938 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 Website:

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