Cabrini Immigrant Services, NYC
The mission of CIS-NYC is to empower immigrants, their families and their communities through education, access to essential services, civic participation and community building. They strive to work together with the immigrant community to create a more inclusive society by fostering justice, dignity and respect.
The multi-cultural and multi-lingual CIS-NYC staff members and volunteers provide a wide range of essential services, which include the following:
General Immigration, Legal and Social Services
CIS provides a broad range of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to immigrant, refugees, asylees, and their families through both supportive services and concrete assistance. Family-based immigration services include on-on-one legal consultation (free) and application assistance on issues such as family based petitions, adjustment of status, citizenship and naturalization.
The Food Pantry
The food pantry, which is open every Tuesday, has a client list of approximately 700 families, who are culturally and socio-economically diverse, are low income, and many of whom are immigrants. Some clients are disabled, some are veterans and some are homeless.
English, Citizenship, Literacy and Computer Classes
ESOL classes are taught by volunteers who are recruited through a number of volunteer programs and ESL certification courses throughout New York City. The classes are designed to meet the needs of learners at specific levels. CIS-NYC also offers individual tutoring to prepare for the citizenship test, as well as computer and literacy classes. Courses are offered in both English and Spanish and are offered free of charge (donations accepted).
The College Readiness and Angel Fund
This entity works with immigrant clients who express a desire to attend college but encounter issues such as lack of documentation, lack of funds, or a simple lack of knowledge about the college application process. The Angel Fund is a scholarship program offered by CIS-NYC to assist a small group of undocumented students with school-related costs including tuition, books, etc.
Justice for Immigrants – (JFI)
JFI is a community-led popular education and civic engagement initiative at CIS-NYC that exists to empower, educate and involve immigrant families as active agents of change regardless of their immigration status.
A Place to Learn
CIS-NYC relies heavily on the work of many quality volunteers, interns and missioners. As a ministry of the Missionary Sisters, CIS-NYC partners with the MSCs’ lay missioner program, Cabrini Mission Corps, as well as various MSW programs in the city providing a place for hands-on learning for aspiring social workers and community organizers.