A central location for immigration-related services
NVFS’ Multicultural Center (MC) provides a wide range of mental health and case management services, particularly for individuals and families entering the U.S. As a result, it provides a centralized location from which clients can quickly become integrated into their new community.
- Immigration Legal Services
- Program for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (PSTT)
- Domestic Violence Services
- Case Management Services
- Counseling and Mental Health Services
Linguistic and cultural differences are often the biggest roadblocks for newcomers. MC staff are often from similar regions to its clients and/or speak clients’ languages. Public mental health systems refer their clients to the MC in large part because of the vast linguistic and cultural capacity NVFS provides.
Despite higher rates of exposure to trauma (due to experiences of war, death of or prolonged separation from family members, torture, long stays in refugee camps, etc.), these families are less likely to access mental health and other basic services. Cultural, linguistic and socio-economic barriers are strong deterrents, and bridging those barriers is essential to providing critical resources and services.
NVFS’ culturally diverse, highly trained and dedicated mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to work with immigrants and refugees from all over the world. Many NVFS staff are themselves immigrants, refugees and/or members of cultural minorities.
Languages spoken include:
Amharic / አማርኛ
Arabic / عربى
Farsi / فارسی
French / français
Japanese / 日本語
Spanish / español