A Resource for the Re-entry Population of Greater Worcester
Currently Browsing: Immigrant Services

Fairbridge Project

237 Chandler Street, Suite 217, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: (508) 453-4884
Fax: (508) 751-8591
Email: info@fairbridgeproject.org

Services: The Fairbridge Project International Incorporated (FPI Inc.) works with the community to improve access to health care, education, economic opportunities and resources that would make life better for new immigrants and refugees particularly those from Africa and living within the state of Massachusetts. Through our services we hope that the new arrivers would easily transition to independent and productive lives. Also, FPI Inc. works to reduce poverty, illiteracy and public health problems in sub-Sahara Africa.


Ethiopian Dream Center

18 Millbury Street, Unit A, Worcester, MA 01610
Tel/Fax: (508) 762-8085 or (508)304-8692
Email: info@ethiopiandreamcenter.org


  • Finding Housing.
  • Pairing up with Host Families.
  • Assistance in obtaining driver’s license and navigating the complex process of other legal documents.
  • Assistance in finding employment and employment resources.
  • Act as a liaison with state and federal agencies to provide necessary services.
  • Offer translation services if needed.
  • Assistance in locating relatives or family acquaintances.

Eastern African Community Outreach

484 Main Street #2, Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 754-1176

Services: Helps connect people with community resources.

Community Legal Aid

405 Main Street, 4th Floor
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-3718



Offers legal advice and representation to clients with domestic violence, divorces, child custody, mental health and disability issues, denied benefits, welfare and public benefits as well as housing discrimination.   


Centro Las Americas

11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 798-1900 x 221

ESL Classes

ESL Classes


Food Pantry

(508) 798-1900, ext. 237


Food distribution on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:00 am–12:00 pm.

Catholic Charities

10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-0191

GED Classes

Joanne Chester–(508) 860-2228


GED classes for homeless, recently homeless & at risk individuals from September – June

Monday –Thursday,
Time 8:30 am-2:30 pm

There is on-site childcare. Transportation is offered yet limited. Computer Instruction also available. These courses are intended for those ages 16 and up. Must contact Joanne Chester (508) 860-2215.


Citizenship Classes

Bob Cronin at (508) 860-2228

4 hours per week:  $30 fee includes all materials.  Held during the day & evening.
Tues. & Thursdays, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Wed. & Fri. 9:00 am–10:30 am

Registration is Free
Walk in or call for an appointment.  (508) 860-2228 for the citizenship classes and (508) 860-2215 for the GED. Agency follows the Worcester Public Schools schedule. Enter any time. Works w/people  on their level. Registration is ongoing.

Food Pantry

(508) 860-2237

Food distribution Monday through Friday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

Homeless Prevention Center 

Services: Families receive emergency assistance, food and help with budgeting skills to prevent homelessness, while others find usable, wearable clothing at the Catholic Charities boutique.

Parents and children find emergency shelter and transitional services at Catholic Charities Youville House and at the Little Brown House through Catholic Charities partnership with Street, Mary’s Parish.


Immigrant Services

ACE / African Community Education Program
24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3653
Services: Educational programs, mentoring, and ESL classes for African immigrant refugee children

Catholic Charities
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-1091
Services: Education programs, health care, legal advice, and resettlement services for refugees and immigrants; citizenship classes

Centro Las Americas
11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 798-1900
Services: Information and referral, counseling, and legal advice for refugees and immigrants

East African Community Outreach
90 Madison Street, Suite 500, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 318-3430
Services: Helps connect people with community resources

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
19 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 854-2122
Services: Health care; groups for African and Iraqi refugees and immigrants

Ethiopian Dream Center
18 Millbury Street, Unit A, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 762-8085 / (508) 304-8692
Services: Cultural and social activities for Ethiopians and other African immigrants; assistance connecting with community resources

Fairbridge Project
237 Chandler Street, Suite 216, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 453-4884 / (508) 340-1669
Services: Information and referral for African and other immigrants; HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, and education; youth empowerment and violence prevention

Friendly House
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-4362
Services: Information and referral, translation, job search, and immigration services (especially for the Albanian population)

Community Legal Aid- Immigration Unit
405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-3718
Services: Immigration law for low-income families

Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England (LSSNE))
14 East Worcester Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604
Services: Resettlement services, basic needs, and legal advice (including help with citizenship forms) for refugees and immigrants

Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope
242 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 831-7455
Services: Food, clothing, furniture, advocacy, language and work skills, citizenship assistance, etc.

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center
340 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-7557
Services: Resettlement services, counseling, health care, cultural assimilation, job counseling, and social services

Southeast Asian Center of Central Mass
484 Main Street, Suite 400, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 791-4373
Services: Educational (including ESL) and support services for Southeast Asian immigrant families

United Neighbors of Fitchburg
18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2069

Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center
24 Chatham Street, #105, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3170
Services: ESL and citizenship classes


Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Behavioral Health Services
19 Tacoma Street
Worcester, MA  01605

(508) 852-1805


The Community Health Center provides outpatient multilingual psychotherapy and psychiatry services for children, adolescents and adults. There is a pharmacy on site.  These services are only available for health center patient only.


MassHealth all plans are accepted along with Medicare and Medicaid, HSNO, CMSP, Commercial Insurances.

Friendly House Inc.

36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Tel: (508) 755-4362
Fax: (508) 793-7800

Pilot Mentoring Program:

Jennifer Lonergan, Program Coordinator

Mentoring for teens ages 13-17.

Geared toward career and college readiness, the program works with at-risk teens ages 13-17 in the Worcester Community.

Registration and other information:
There is no cost to participate in this program.

Those who wish to participate must complete a registration form and attend a training session.

Services are in English, but special arrangements may be made for those who are limited-English or non-English speaking.

Food Pantry:

(508) 755-4362


Food distribution on Monday and Wednesdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am–3:00 pm.

Plumley Village Location:
16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Food distribution on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm




Social service workers help families with food, shelter, clothing, resume, job search, information and referral, holiday baskets and toys.


ACE – African Community Education

24 Chatham Street Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 799-3653

Mentoring for Empowerment and Exchange

Mentor Coordinator

One to one mentoring for African immigrant youth grades 5th-12th. English and various African languages spoken.

African Community Education Mentoring for Empowerment and Exchange (ACE MEE) works with African immigrant youth, grades 5th-12th, who are part of the ACE Community. The youth meet with their mentors on Saturdays, for a year. The mentors work with the mentees to help them reach their academic and career goals, as well as, give guidance for day to day issues through activities and consistent conversation

Our model is site-based and 1:1 mentoring.
Registration and additional information:
Service is free. Services are made available for children and young adults currently enrolled in the ACE program (serving African immigrant youth, grades 5th-12th).

For more information about the youth we serve or about how to become part of the program: www.acechildren.org


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