What We Do

Life Skills Programs

Life Skills Programs teach useful skills that will help refugees and immigrants assimilate into American culture and cultural norms. Our programs provide a friendly environment for hospitality and friendship. Additionally, they provide informal practice for immigrants needing to learn to speak American English and American colloquial English. As internationals gain useful knowledge such as English as a Second Language, their confidence grows. Life Skills Programs may operate within the IHouse facilities, in individual homes, in community rooms at apartment complexes or libraries, or in places of worship. Programs are offered free of charge. Contact International House for details and registration.

Citizenship Class - Homework Help - Women's Club - Glad Nations - In-Home Tutoring - Kids Club - ESL Class - Adult Bible Fellowship for Internationals

Citizenship Class

Qualified teachers and mentors walk internationals through the lengthy process of applying for citizenship. This class meets weekly at the IHouse facilities to review materials and prepare applications and evidence to be submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Materials are provided to help the international navigate this process. Facilitators also meet one on one in homes for additional preparations.

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Homework Help

One evening a week, children of internationals can drop by the IHouse facilities and get assistance with homework or core concepts. College students and adults spend time mentoring and teaching children using our computer lab and resources to promote a love of learning as well as mastering skills needed for educational success.

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Women’s Club

International ladies meet weekly to learn English, participate in health instruction, or learn how to sew, knit, and crochet. Childcare is provided. Fellowship is enjoyed at tea time. Volunteers build genuine lasting relationships with women while they participate in classes. Women’s Club offers a venue for ladies to enjoy time away from their daily obligations in a safe and happy atmosphere.

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Glad Nations

International House is a partner with Glad Nations LLC, a local microenterprise for international women. Glad Nations exists to equip refugee and immigrant women with an opportunity to create artistically designed, handcrafted, boutique items in a loving, multicultural atmosphere to affirm their womanhood in a welcoming, safe environment.

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In-Home Tutoring

In-Home Tutors are connected with an International by our In-Home Tutor Coordinator who is Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages certified and has worked with Internationals in the USA for three years and overseas for over twenty years. In-home tutors truly make a difference in the life of an international. Students have different goals for wanting to learn English. Our goal is to meet each student where they are, and advance them to the level they strive for. In-Home Tutors work one-on-one in lieu of a group setting, in addition In addition, In-Home-Tutors have opportunities to be immersed in another culture, and are usually offered delicious ethnic food by their students!

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Kids Club

While parents participate in various Life Skills Programs, International House offers childcare for their preschool children. An educational and early childhood development program is being designed and implemented to make the time spent at the IHouse facilities enjoyable and beneficial to children.

During the summer we offer a special Kids Club. A camp is offered to children of refugees and internationals. We provide snacks, crafts, sports, games, swimming, and story time. International children have the opportunity to have American experiences in a safe environment while they begin to build long lasting relationships with volunteers and mentors.

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Sunday English as a Second Language Class

This beginner level English class meets at First Assembly of God, 1400 W Washington Center Rd, on Sundays mornings from mid-September through mid-May. Childcare is provided free of charge through the church. There is no charge for the class. Textbooks are free to use in the classroom.

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Adult Bible Fellowship for Internationals

This is a reading group for intermediate level English as a Second Language students that meets at First Assembly of God, 1400 W Washington Center Rd, on Sunday mornings. Students and instructors take turns reading and discussing the Bible or a Christian book. All faiths are welcome and there is no pressure to convert to the Christian faith. The goal is to increase vocabulary and ease in reading English, while at the same time provide a comfortable venue for discussing God that allows for limited or less-than-perfect English. At the same time students can discuss God in a setting that allows for limited or less-than perfect English. Childcare is provided free of charge through the church. Call International House at 260.482.6100 to register or for more details.

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