Explore our Refugee Programs
In these uncertain times, having a safe and welcoming place to go for education and companionship is vital for our refugee community. We provide classes to assist people in acclimating to a new culture and language, as well as special events to update people on the current status of laws pertaining to refugees and immigrants.
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English as a Second Language
One of the longest running programs, the Senior Refugee Program (SRP) provides ESL, exercise, fellowship and recreational opportunities to some of our most vulnerable residents. Older people who come as refugees face the most challenges in making the transition to a new culture, have difficulty learning English and are often isolated. We offer a comfortable, safe environment in which participants spend the morning learning English, talking with volunteers, getting valuable health education information, and interacting with each other.
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Some of our classes
The Literacy Action volunteers teach the information you need to pass your citizenship test.
When: Monday and Thursdays from 9:30 to noon
Art as a Second Language
Art taught by professional artists from VSA and Mason Fine Arts Gallery – no experience needed to participate. The class meets every second Tuesday and Wednesday of every month from noon to 3:00 pm
Homegoods Job Fair
Open to all who need a job.
When: Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:00
Clarkston Youth Development
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.
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.
ESL for Seniors
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.
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.
STEAM Summer Camp
Camp is held from June to July, concentrating on the basic school classwork and concepts of science, technology, English, art, social studies and math.
VITA Income Tax Help
Saturdays starting on February 18th at 10:00 to 2:00