What We Do
The City Program provides services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) low and moderate income foreign born residents of Columbus. This unique program provides many services for our clients that include employment services, job placement, acculturation services, immigration legal services, linkage to community resources and so on. The purpose of these services were to help legally present refugees and other immigrants have equal access to the opportunities and resources of the City, and to become self sufficient.
- linkage to ESOL and other educational opportunities
- help with housing and household goods
- services to help older adults remain independent
- acculturation services
- pro bono legal services via Legal Program
- referral to mainstream services
- interpretation for LEP’s encounters with the English only public
Victims Of Crime Assistance (VOCA)
Goal: Reduce barriers standing between Limited English Proficient (LEP) victims of crime and the Franklin county justice system.
Our program regularly offers the following services:
- Assisting victim during the court appearance and other activities related to the criminal justice system
- Community Outreach Efforts to Educate Community about Services Offered: Community information outreach is an important feature of our program.
- The agency sends project staff to community events to make presentations and actively participating with other victims’ assistance organization forming collations to make awareness about victims’ right and participate in the justice system.
- Currently the program have three staff speaking Amharic, Tigrinya, Nepali, French, Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili, and Thai languages.
City Program: Anyone who is in the United States with USCIS status and who is authorized to work is eligible for these services. The program’s current language capacity includes languages of Somali, Arabic, Nepali/Bhutanese, Ethiopia, Oromifa, Amharic, Spanish, French, Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili, and Thai.