Self-sufficiency Programs

1. Match Grant (MG) Program

The Match Grant (MG) program, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, supplements refugee resettlement programming within ECDC’s affiliate network by providing employment services to eligible clients. The program helps refugees, asylees, victims of trafficking, Cuban/Haitian entrants, certain Amerasians from Vietnam, and Special Immigrant Visa holders.



2. Ethnic Program

The Ethnic Refugee After-School Program (RASP) provides refugee youth with focused integration and academic support, in a multiethnic youth group environment. Twice a week ACC runs after-school tutoring to help youth clients with schoolwork. Additional workshops, field trips, and college tours prepare the youth for life after high school graduation. In addition the Ethnic program supports refugee clients' cultural and social adjustment to their new home. Volunteers, known as First Friends, serve as guides or mentors to newly arrived families by helping them with American culture and English, taking them on outings, and showing them around the community.


3. Preferred Communities

The Preferred Communities (PC) funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement is designed to enable the resettlement of newly arrived refugees in communities where they have opportunities to become self-sufficient and integrated. Additionally, it provides support for refugees with special needs who require intensive case management.