Community Support Programs
We lead various community outreach initiatives to connect our immigrant families to the resources that they need most.
Superhero Parent Education Program
The Superhero Parent Education program, funded by Conexión Américas, was created in 2018 to help empower parents from different ethnic backgrounds with knowledge to better advocate for equality in their children's education. The program focuses on advocating in three areas: 1) Requesting accessible, clear and transparent data, 2) Requesting that parents are included from the beginning in any school disciplinary process, and 3) Ensuring access to college information and support for economically disadvantaged students. This program is the first of its kind in Hamblen County, and this is an important step toward equality for all students. We strive to inform parent advocates who can fight for their children's rights to equal education.
Academic Support Center
Our academic support center opened in September 2020 with the mission of providing support for K-12 students while participating in virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of our generous donors, we have also been able to provide access to computers, wi-fi, and technology assistance for clients of all ages.
Free Legal Clinics
We provide our community members with free legal clinics through our partnership with the Law Office of Hammad R. Sheikh, LLC. Sheikh is accompanied by an interpreter so that he can serve Spanish-speaking immigrants in the area.
Entre Amigas Women's Group
This support group provides Latina women with the opportunity to learn about, discuss and seek advice on important topics such as stress, relationships and health. Participants form friendships as a result of shared experiences, therefore creating a safe space for meaningful conversation and personal growth.
This initiative has been implemented as a way to promote literacy among immigrants in our area. Small bilingual libraries have been created in two laundromats so that customers can practice developing literacy skills while they wait for their laundry to be done.
We host an annual resource fair geared toward newcomer immigrant families in order to inform them of available resources.
The PAID Program began in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with the purpose of helping families that have been directly affected by the virus with utility payments, rent, food, and school technology fee. For this project, we have received financial assistance from the East Tennessee Foundation, Howmet Foundation, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and private donors.