Social Services

The Center provides extensive and much needed social service programs to refugee and immigrant populations in the Commonwealth.
Services Include:

•Individual and family counseling
•Community education and support groups
•Assistance, consultation, and referral for other social and legal service providers
•Assistance for victims of disaster and crime
•English as a second language and adult literacy classes
•Job-skills training referrals
•Translation services
-Gardening Thru Refugee Organization (GRO)-
Over the past few years, RIAC has been working with the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) through the GRO project to help Somali refugee families get involved in community gardens. The project aims to:

•Develop positive relationship between communities
•Improve mental and physical health through social interaction
•Outdoor activities, exercise and access to affordable fresh vegetables
-Program for Elderly Refugees-

Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) Domestic Violence Programs>/b>

-Muslim-African Women’s Network for Safety, Advocacy & Protection (MAWNSAP)-
The MAWNSAP project offers training and education to community based victim’s services providers, law enforcement and others who work with Muslim-African women who are victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and or dating violence. The program is designed to enhance participant’s ability to better understand how religion and culture impacts the norms and values of Muslim women. Training is held throughout the year at the RIAC office in Jamaica Plain.
MAWNSAP is an acronym derived from the Arabic and Somali word mawnasap which means the right thing to do.

-Refugee Immigrant Safety Empowerment-