Refugee Supports and Services
Capital Area District Libraries
CADL has an online language instruction program “Pronuciator” for individuals who can access a computer, tablet or smart phone. Patron mush have a library card and it is recommended that you visit your local CADL branch for information on how to download the program. The program has over 80 languages.
Some CADL branches have reading groups for individuals who are non-native English speakers Check with your local branch for days and times.
Capital Area Literacy Coalition
1028 E. Saginaw
Lansing, MI 48906
The Capital Area Literacy Coalition offers English language instruction for refugees and immigrants from 29 countries. They offer one-to-one instruction as well ass classes.
Cristo Rey Community Center
1717 N. High St
Lansing, MI 48906
Cristo Rey Community Center provides access to medical care, mental health services, food and financial counseling. Programs and services are offered in English and Spanish.
East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbott Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
East Lansing Public Library has a free English conversation group called “ Practice Your English” that meets at the library. Call for dates and times. ELPL also has a language instruction computer program that can be downloaded to internet accessible devices if you have a library card.
Lansing School District- Adult Education English Language Skills Classes
The Lansing School District offers free English Language Skills classes that offer preparation for employment, citizenship, high school completion certificate and college readiness. Free child care is offered at the Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center and at the Unitarian Universalists Church of Greater Lansing.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Refugee Assistance and Services
Temporary refugee cash assistance is available to eligible refugees who do not qualify for cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, Supplemental Social Security Income or Medicaid. Refugee cash assistance is available for up to eight months after entry into the United States or date asylum was granted or have an immigration status of Cuban/Haitian entrant, Amerasian, parolee, victim of trafficking, Iraqi or Afghan Special Immigrant. Apply with your local DHHS office or online at MI Bridges.
Refugee Development Center
600 W. Maple St, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48906
The Refugee Development Center’s mission is to serve as the link between newcomer populations and the private, public, and faith-based communities of Ingham County. Some of the services provided are English for speakers of other languages classes, after school tutoring, youth group activities, school orientations for new arrival families, parent workshops and advocacy.
St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services
2800 W. Willow
Lansing, MI 48917
St. Vincent Catholic Charities is the designated refugee resettlement agency for adults and families in Lansing and mid-Michigan. Refugee services receives funding from the federal government to assist with basic essentials to welcome refuges and provide support to help refugees get established in the community.
Samaritas New American Program
Lansing, MI 48911
Samaritas offers many resettlement services to refuges new to the Mid-Michigan area. They provide legal services for refugees, asylees and immigrants at nominal fees which include assistance with adjustment of status, naturalization, travel documents and family visa petitions. In the future the legal services offered will include a citizenship training class to prepare naturalization applicants for the Civics and English portions of the naturalization test. Samaritas also serves as a liaison with local K-12 schools, helping students with English instruction, translation and social adjustment. Translation services are also offered through Samaritas. They can translate documents from Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Romanian, Russian and Serbian to English. Documents in English can also be translated to those languages.
The Global Institute of Lansing
510 W. Ottawa St
Lansing, MI 48933
The Global Institute of Lansing offers the opportunity for adult refugees in the Lansing area to obtain a high school diploma.