Several organizations provide services such as:
1. Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 13th Floor, Phila., PA 19103
Welcoming Center West
246 S. 52nd St., Phila., PA 19139
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians connects newly arrived individuals from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed in our region.
Welcoming Center West facilitates cooperative efforts and understanding among immigrants and native-born residents, thus promoting a stronger, safer and more economically dynamic community. Welcoming Center West works closely with the 52nd Street Business Association and a host of other community partners.
Welcoming Center West programs: business development seminars, merchant literacy program, cross-cultural youth programs, information and resources, inter-ethnic events
2. Catholic Social Services
227 North 18th Street, Phila., PA 19103
Programs: free or low-cost immigration law services and a wide range of services for low-income people including residential treatment programs for at-risk children, family preservation services, foster care, adoption, counseling, senior citizen centers, programming for the elderly, transitional housing, homeless services, and care for medically fragile men and women.
3. Center for Literacy
636 South 48th Street, Phila., PA 19143
The largest adult education agency in Philadelphia, with ESL, ABE and GED classes in locations all over the city. Students have to first call the main number (listed above) for intake and will then be referred to a class in their community.
Toll Free from Mexico (clients only) 001-800-51-41-349
The Friends of Farmworkers’ mission is to improve the living and working conditions of indigent farmworkers, mushroom workers, food processing workers, and workers from immigrant and migrant communities.
Programs: legal services to individual Pennsylvania farmworkers, mushroom workers and food processing workers and their families, and to organizations whose members are eligible workers; community education on legal rights of farmworkers, mushroom workers and food processing workers
5. HIAS and Council Migration Service
2100 Arch Street, 3rd Floor, Phila., PA 19103
HIAS offers legal and immigration services and coordinates a state-wide Asylee Outreach Project that links those granted asylum to refugee social services. The project assists with documentation issues facing asylees. As a non-profit agency authorized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to provide legal immigration assistance, HIAS and Council Migration Service is required to keep service fees at nominal levels. Clients providing evidence of inability to pay even the lowest fees qualify for free service.
Programs: refugee resettlement, immigration counseling and representation, citizenship applications, community education and outreach, asylee outreach.
6. Lutheran Children and Family Service
231 North 63rd Street, Phila., PA 19139
Refugee Resettlement Program extension 209, ESL Program extension 257, Survivors of Torture extension 249
Programs: refugee resettlement services (immigration, counseling, employment, etc.), human-trafficking victims case management, various programs including mental health services for survivors of torture, ESL classes (in north and west Philadelphia and in Upper Darby)
7.Mayor’s Commission on Literacy
Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Phila,. PA, 19103
Central referral source for all adult education (ESL, ABE, GED) programs in Philadelphia
8. Nationalities Service Center
1216 Arch Street, 4th Floor, Phila., PA 19107
Programs: low-cost legal services (family reunification, removal/deportation defense, domestic violence cases, lawful permanent residence (green card) applications, citizenship and naturalization, asylum applications), criminal cases, refugee social services (resettlement, job readiness and placement, cultural reunification, health), senior center, translation and interpretation services, ESL classes.
9. Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy
3 South Penn Square, Phila., PA 19103
The Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA) is a membership consortium of organizations and individuals that provide advocacy and assistance to victims, co-victims and witnesses to crime. PCVA is dedicated to improving and promoting victim rights and the provision of a full range of high quality victim services in the City of Philadelphia. PCVA member agencies provide direct service to crime victims. The settings for member agencies range from Neighborhood Based Agencies to Schools to Criminal Justice environments. A variety of services are offered by PCVA member agencies such as: assistance in filing for Crime Victim Compensation, crisis response, education, counseling and criminal justice/legal advocacy.
10. Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-832-0636
PICC is a diverse coalition that represents the needs of immigrants, migrants, refugees and other new Americans living in Pennsylvania to policy makers, public officials, and the general public. We seek to educate the public and develop support for fair policies that welcome and sustain immigrants.