In these uncertain times having a safe and welcoming place to go for education for our refugee customers is vital. The Clarkston Community Center provides classes to assist people in acclimating to a new culture and language and special events to update people on the current status of our laws pertaining to refugees and immigrants.
Special Events –
On February 12, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30 we are hosting an event with CRSA (Collation of Refuge Service Agencies) to assist refuges in how to lobby and advocate for themselves. We will have access to immigration attorneys for questions as well as other service agencies.
Current Advice –
1. If you are detained and have a green card do not surrender your green card, and do not sign a Form I-407, it will not make things easier. Demand a hearing before an immigration judge.
2. For anyone who is not a US citizen, cancel all travel plans and if here on a visa that is about to expire, seek legal advice now!
We offer on a regular basis the following classes and services:
Clarkston Global Academy – provides after school assistance for High School students during the school year, and a summer program for assistance in writing college applications. The After-School Program runs from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily from August to May and from 9:00am to 3:00pm during the summer. Participants are from Clarkston High School and Tucker High School. Students receive help with homework, STEAM engagement activities, workforce development and job placement and nutritious snacks. 40 plus students are served weekly.
Communicycle – a program run by volunteers which help repair bicycles for residents, give bicycle safety lessons, accept bicycle donations which are given to people in need as well as helmets generously donated by the City. The Communicycle is open on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00.
The Dare To Be Aware Program – is the result of an ongoing need to address many problems faced by the young adults in their homes, schools, and social communities. These issues include addressing: youth violence, cultural diversity, health inequities, and obstacles to educational attainment. High School students, identified by the Community Center, teach their peers on a subject matter every week for 10 weeks. On Tuesdays we will train the High School students on a subject, for example bullying. On Thursdays the trainers will present their topic to the students and lead the discussions around the topic. This will be interactive and informational. The goal is to improve the self-image and understanding for these middle school students by addressing hard and important topics. It is vitally important to City of Clarkston that the students have an alternative to gangs. By joining the after school program these students will become confident and address the issues which they will face on a daily basis.
ESL for Job Seekers – meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00, and on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 12:00 (must sign up in advance)
ESL for Seniors – is on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to noon. The class is divided into 2 sections,
one for beginners and another for advanced learners.
Food Pantry – the pantry is open to all who are in need of food. It is held twice a month on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30. The amount of food given to each family depends on the number of people in the family. We supplement the canned food with fresh produce from our vegetable garden.
Healthy Food Cooking Lessons for Seniors – is on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00
Home Goods Job Opportunities – meets Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:00
Lutheran Services Job Opportunities – meets on Thursdays from 12:30 to 3:00
STEAM Summer Camp – Camp will begin on June 5th to July 31st. We will be concentrating on the basic school classwork and concepts of science, technology, English, art, social studies and math.
Tai Chi for Seniors – is on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8:45 to 9:30
VITA Income Tax Help – Saturdays starting on February 18th at 10:00 to 2:00