YMCA International Services Programs

REFUGEE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Through the Refugee Scholarship Program, YMCA International Services has been able to provide funding for full-time higher education students who have a status as refugee, Special Immigrant Visa holder, asylee, or Victim of Trafficking.

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IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

YMCA International Services provides counseling or legal representation to individuals seeking immigration assistance. Assistance is available for adults in area detention centers, asylum seekers, victims of domestic violence, crime victims, or victims of human trafficking. Services also include family reunification visas, adjustment of status and naturalization applications.

  • Detained Adults
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Crime Survivors
  • General Immigration (Adjustment of status, naturalization, work permits, family petitions, DACA)

To schedule a consultation, contact our office at 713-+758-9280.

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REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP)

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which is managed by the Department of State, resettles refugees from around the world in the United States.

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Matching Grant Program

The Matching Grant Program is an alternative to public cash assistance. It helps eligible refugees become economically self-sufficient within 120 to 180 days of program eligibility.

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Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance

Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance supports eligible participants towards becoming self-sufficient in their first 8 months after arrival in the United States.

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Employment

For Houston-area employers: We work with employers in the Houston area to fill staffing needs from our qualified pool of refugee candidates.

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Refugee Youth Mentoring

The Refugee Youth Mentoring program serves refugee youth (ages 15 – 24) who are interested in working with mentors to improve their lives through educational and career advancement.

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Education Services

YMCA International Services also offers free, in-person and virtual education programs to help clients improve their English, study for and pass their high school equivalency exams, prepare for citizenship, and more generally improve their lives.

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TRAFFICKED PERSONS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

In 2003, the Y established the Trafficked Persons Assistance Program to identify and assist victims of human trafficking, regardless of their legal status. The program provides direct client services and raises awareness in the community through education and outreach. Intensive case management services are available to both foreign national and U.S. national victims of human trafficking.

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POST RELEASE SERVICES

The Y provides Post-Release Services (PRS) to children released from the Office of Resettlement (ORR) care facilities. The PRS program provides our families with supportive services during the child’s transition into the community and helps them identify resources and navigate the various systems in the U.S. Our goal is to work collaboratively with families to ensure that the child has a positive integration into their new home and community.

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