New American Initiative
The New American Initiative was created to give all immigrant and refugees living in Columbus access to city services and programs to help improve their lives. This initiative gives equal opportunity to all refugees and immigrants and allows them to become responsible, productive residents of Columbus.
The growing new American populations contribute to the cultural richness, and enhance the economic growth and development of the city. In order to ensure a smooth transition and seamless integration process, a comprehensive strategy of resource distribution needed to be established.
The growth rate of the immigrant/refugee population in Columbus has also posed certain challenges for the city infrastructure in meeting the basic living necessities in a culturally sensitive manner. Some of these challenges include language barriers and education, fair and affordable housing, healthcare and employment.
here for more information about the immigrant/refugee population in Central Ohio.
We encourage people to take positive action for the refugee and immigrant community locally, nationally and abroad. Volunteer your time and talent. Donate resources if you are able. This is what ColumbUS looks like.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Center (West Columbus)
US Together Refugee and Immigrant Family Services
Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Service
Community Refugee and Immigration Services
Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
World Relief/Columbus program
For our immigrant and refugee families in Columbus City Schools, the District's call center will provide immediate assistance in Spanish, Somali, Nepali, or Arabic at 614 365 8802.