Summary of Services

Economic development is at the crux of what we do: connecting new Americans to economic opportunities will lead in the long run to their becoming fully integrated into their communities and more civically engaged.

WITH THIS IN MIND, THE WELCOMING CENTER PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:

JOBSEEKERS: FIND A JOB

The cornerstone of the Welcoming Center’s work is our employment program. Our experienced staff helps work-authorized immigrants find employment in fields for which they are best suited. We have placed immigrants with post-graduate degrees as well as many who have little or no education and work experience. We strive to find jobs that pay above minimum wage and offer benefits. If you are permanently work-authorized, live in the Philadelphia region, and are looking for a job, call Antoinette Thomas at 215-557-2847.

Please note: If you are a refugee or asylee who has lived in the U.S. for less than 5 years, please call JEVS Center for New Americans at 215-728-4210. The Welcoming Center was founded on the principle of nonduplication of services, and we cannot serve jobseekers who are eligible for JEVS services.

EMPLOYERS: FIND QUALIFIED WORKERS

Part of our mission is to help businesses find, hire, and retain qualified immigrants. We have helped Philadelphia-area employers place hundreds of immigrants in jobs from housekeeping to accounting. Our services also include providing information to employers on identifying work authorization and understanding the legal requirements. To find out more about how we can help you, please call Bahiya Cabral-Johnson at 215-557-2868.

LEARN ENGLISH

The Welcoming Center offers morning, afternoon and evening GED, English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language/Civics classes for work-authorized adults, including immigrant and American-born students.  Please contact Talease Cleveland at 215-557-2558 or e-mail talease@welcomingcenter.org.

GET TRAINING

As a part of the Welcoming Center’s mission to connect newly-arrived individuals to economic opportunities, we continue to expand our focus on training. Whether it is training for a new career path, rebuilding a career, or starting a business, we believe that new arrivals greatly benefit from high-quality training programs.  For a referral to an appropriate training program for your needs, contact Bahiya Cabral-Johnson at 215-557-2868 or bahiya@welcomingcenter.org.

CONNECT TO RESOURCES

“Where can I find an English as a Second Language class?”

“How do I enroll my child in school?” 
“Is there a way to lower my utility bills?”

These are questions the Welcoming Center answers every day.  We have connected with other nonprofit service providers throughout the region to find the answers. Call the Welcoming Center’s main line at 215-557-2626 or email info@welcomingcenter.org with questions on resources.

ACCESS LEGAL ADVICE

The Welcoming Center offers free monthly legal clinics where immigrants may meet, one-on-one, with volunteer attorneys to discuss issues that may range from immigration to landlord-tenant conflicts to discrimination issues. Clinics are held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Welcoming Center’s Center City location. You must make an appointment. For more information, or to set up an appointment, please contact Desirée Welborn Wayne at 215-557-2626.

PUBLIC POLICY

We strive to educate the people in our communities, policymakers, employers, and the business community about how the successful integration of immigrants into our economy will result in positive benefits for all of us. To that end, we have developed publications and organized various public policy seminars and community meetings about issues concerning immigration, economic development, and our region. Check our publications page and our calendar to view upcoming events, or view our recent presentations.

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

The Welcoming Center provides services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners as they look to start or grow their business in our region. We provide training opportunities including English for Entrepreneurs, business development clinics, and one-on-one business advice, as well as connecting business owners to valuable resources. In addition, we provide support to communities working to integrate immigrant business owners into their commercial corridors by providing technical assistance to community organizations and at community events. For more information, please contact Bahiya Cabral-Johnson at 215-557-2868.