Global Cleveland Newcomer Support Services
Find Success in Greater Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland! Global Cleveland volunteers are here to help newcomers from around the world find success in Greater Cleveland. You can access a variety of services to get settled in Cleveland’s neighborhoods, schools, and jobs. Our volunteers are excited about getting to know you and discovering how they can help you with your transition.
To access Global Cleveland’s free newcomer support services:
Be matched with a volunteer Welcoming Mentor who can help you practice your English conversation skills, connect with new friends, and explore your neighborhood. Meet for coffee or visit a museum! The possibilities are endless in Cleveland!
Be matched with a Professional Connection volunteer who can help you with your resume and cover letter, connect with the right professional network, and polish your job search skills! The right person can make a world of difference in finding a job
For questions about Welcoming Mentor, contact Jazmin Long, Welcome Coordinator, at email@example.com.
For questions about Professional Connection, contact Wenzhu Sun, Connection Program Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Citizenship & Naturalization
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should be contacted directly for procedures on becoming naturalized. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for answers
to common questions, copies of forms, and general information about the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Funded by the United States Citizenship and Integration Services (USCIS), ASIA (Asian Services in Action, INC.) offers citizenship and civics classes, and provides eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) with legal immigration assistance to become
naturalized citizens. These classes are available throughout Northeast Ohio and are focused on preparing individuals to take the oral and written citizenship tests. In addition, participants have an opportunity to learn more about American history,
how the U.S. government operates, and other important aspects of civics education. The program offers assistance to LPRs to prepare their N-400 applications and to assist them in preparing for their citizenship interviews and tests. The project works
in partnership with Cleveland Catholic Charities’ Office on Migration and Refugee Services, Community Legal Aid and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Contact Eunice Park, Immigration Attorney (email@example.com, 216-881-0330) for information or legal immigration assistance.
Contact Sally Chan, Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-881-0330) for class schedules.
English as a Second Language (ESL/ESOL) Classes
Learning English in Cleveland
Speaking English is very important if a non-native English speaker is to successfully engage in the full range of business and community offerings available. English as a second language (ESL), or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), is available
through many institutions across Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
A few organizations offering ESL/ESOL programs include Cuyahoga County Community College (Tri-C); The Cleveland Public Library, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Polaris Career Center, and the International Services Center.
Refugee Support Services
- Who are refugees?
- Who are asylum seekers?
- Where do refugees come from?
- Do refugees choose their resettlement city?
- Where can I find more information on English Language Learners?
- How are refugees resettled in the US?
- How can I learn more about refugees who are coming to Cleveland?
The Refugee Collaborative
Global Cleveland is part of the Greater Cleveland Refugee Collaborative. This is a group of Cleveland organizations that have joined together to serve the rising numbers of refugees resettling in
Refugees are invited to this country by the U.S. State Department and live here legally. Refugee resettlement is a humanitarian effort that benefits some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. Many arrive with little more than the clothes on their
backs and few possessions. They must rebuild their lives in a new country with a new culture and language, often after experiencing tremendous hardship and trauma.
Although some refugees come to the US to join family members, many arrive knowing no one. Refugees are expected to become self-sufficient within the first year of their arrival in the United States. Through this collaborative our community is able to
supply a range of services and support to help refugees become settled and successful in our community.
See the links below for details on these organizations:
- Asian Services In Action (ASIA)
- Building Hope in the City
- Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services
- El Barrio (The Centers for Families and Children)
- International Services Center
- Lakewood City Schools
- Neighborhood Family Practice
- Ohio Department of Job and Family Service
- The Refugee Response
- US Together, Inc.
Can I Receive…
- Food Stamps?
- State Cash Assistance?
- Supplemental Security Income?
- Energy Assistance?
The United States government makes available public benefits for people who need help with food, healthcare, and day-to-day expenses. To qualify for each of these benefits, you have to meet certain income, resource and/or health requirements.
Some immigrants qualify for major public benefits programs. Depending on your status, you could qualify for healthcare, food stamps, cash assistance, low-cost housing, energy assistance, and child care assistance.
Learn more about what public benefits are available and who are qualified to receive them, click here.
Community News & Information
Ethnic Community News
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Ethnic News Outlets
This is where you can find news about ethnic communities across the region.