Services for Refugee Families

Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds:
A Project of the Rotary Club of Lancaster 

IU13 is proud to be the lead agency in a partnership to create a community center housed at Reynolds Middle School (School District of Lancaster) with a focus on refugees and immigrants, with the mission to engage community members in opportunities for education, integration, wellness, and work leading to self-sufficiency and enrichment.

Services and supports provided include:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults
  • Citizenship Classes for adults
  • Additional ESL services for children before or after school
  • Childcare services
  • Extended day programming
  • Cultural orientation
  • Support for connecting to their child’s school and to become an advocate for their child’s education
  • Job search services
  • Health services
  • Case management
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Tax services
  • Empower Kits, provided by Power Packs
  • Volunteer management
  • Uniform bank
  • Partnerships with local organizations to provide other needed resources or programs 

The Refugee Center and Community School will serve as the hub of activity for community partners. All of the partners will contribute to programming.

IU13 is the lead agency and will provide a community school director and services including ESL tutoring, after school programming and parent engagement activities. IU13 will provide technical support for the data collection and analysis system.
Literacy Council (Lit Co) will serve as the lead agency for United Way funding, coordinating project activities. Lit Co will provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, academic skills, GED preparation, career pathways and post-secondary education preparation.
Church World Service (CWS) and Lutheran Refugee Service (LRS) will provide cultural orientation classes that support self-sufficiency through education in financial literacy, health and employment. LRS will provide mentors who assist refugees in achieving career goals.
South East Lancaster Health Services (SELHS) will provide a medical home for immigrants and refugees at the Community School, including dental screening and primary medical services.
School District of Lancaster (SDoL) will provide space at Reynolds Middle School for the Community School and evening access for community programming. SDoL will provide a framework for Community School management and guide the collaborative in strategies for engaging the school community. In addition, SDoL will provide 21st Century Community Learning Center Extended Day Programming.
Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) will provide student interns and supervise an AmeriCorps VISTA who will support the work of this project.


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