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"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth." — Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009

Multicultural Human Services (MHS)

Learning and adjusting are the two operative words that describe most people new to the United States. Whether immigrating by choice for better opportunities, or forced to flee here from another country, the same difficulties present themselves to the newcomer: language, culture and economics. Some are more prepared than others. Many, though, are in need of services and support that enable a better transition for themselves and their families.

MHS operates as a division of Northern Virginia Family Service, and offers a broad range of mental health, social, educational, health and language services geared to the unique values and characteristics of individuals and families from diverse cultures.

It is staffed by multi-ethnic, multilingual social workers, counselors, art therapists, psychiatrists and graduate interns from local universities.

The goal of MHS is to help people from ethnically diverse backgrounds succeed by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive mental health and related services and by conducting research and training to make such services more widely available.

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I.P.E. Program

“From being in IPE I learned what being ambitious means, and how to make goals. My IPE counselor helped me and my Mom get closer than we were before. We talk a lot more and I gained my mother’s trust back.“

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