SUPPORTING ONE'S COMMUNITY
The YMCA’s New American Welcome Centers are designed to help immigrants—also referred to as newcomers—fully integrate into American society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. NAWCs accomplish this through a combination of direct and referral services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S.-born residents. This integration model empowers immigrants to achieve their fullest potential and prepares communities to be inclusive through a focus on language and education, economic integration and employment, health and well-being, citizenship and civic engagement, and community development.
The YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers several programs and initiatives aimed at helping newcomers receive the language and life-skills training they need to thrive and to help connect them to services that will help ease the transition to the Greater Charlotte area.