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Staten Island New Americans Welcome Center


Welcome to the
Staten Island New Americans Welcome Center and Office for New Americans (ONA) Neighborhood Opportunity Center

As of the 2000 census, more than 35% of City’s residents are foreign-born and 43% of the City’s workforce are immigrants. Nearly 70% of the total immigrant population in New York speak a language other than English. Within this group 23% do not speak English well and about 10% do not speak English at all.

Most of these immigrants live in population clusters that are underserved for informational, education, recreational, vocational, advocacy and human services that the YMCA of Greater New York is in a position to provide directly as well as in collaboration with other human service and immigrant–service agencies.

The YMCA of Greater New York is committed to serving the immigrant population of the City, and, in response to their needs, has opened New Americans Welcome Centers to help immigrants achieve literacy, cultural competence, and self-sufficiency. The goal of the YMCA is to be recognized by every New American as a “safe haven” that provides multilingual information, resources and referrals and a wide range of services (instructional, vocational, recreational, and family support) that will help them attain their goals.

The New Americans Welcome Centers serve as multilingual information resource and referral centers, and provide immigrant families with a wide array of instructional, vocational, recreational, family support, and social services. Instructional services include English as a Second Language, Cultural Orientation, Citizenship Preparation, Job Readiness, and Computer Literacy. In addition, some of our Centers offer Adult Literacy and GED preparation classes as well as Substance Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Counseling.

Free Legal Immigration and Immigrant Services:

With funding from Governor Cuomo's Office for New Americans (ONA), we are proud to be Staten Island's designated ONA Neighborhood Opportunity Center. We offer free legal advice for immigration issues such as: determining eligibilty for citizenship, green card renewals, citizenship applications, fee waivers, and DACA (Deferred Action). Call our offices to schedule an appointment with an attorney or to begin your citizenship application process. We will walk you through the enitre process and help you reach your goal of obtaining American Citizenship. Call us today at 718-981-4382.

Class Schedules

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Legal Consultations and Citizenship Drives

About our Programs

For more information on the Staten Island YMCA New Americans Welcome Center at the Counseling Center, please contact:

Rachael Rinaldo
Program Coordinator
Tel. 718-981-4382

For information about our New Americans Welcome Center, please contact:

Regina Marks
Program Counselor
Tel. 718-981-4382, ext. 13

For information about our Office for New Americans Neighborhood Opportunity Center, please contact:

Justina Gibbs
Educational Case Manager
Tel. 718-981-4382