The 1800s marked the arrival of the first immigrants to arrive in the United States after marking its independence. The United States has since been recognized as "the land of opportunity" and as a nation founded on the works of immigrants from all over the world. Robert F. Kennedy said it best when he stated:
"Our attitude toward immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as their talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances."
It is with this same belief that so many immigrants came to the United States looking for a brighter and more promising future. Such aspirations are surely attainable and definitely within reach. However, life in the United States is different from what was once familiar. For many, it takes time to adjust to the language, culture, and way of life in America.
The New Americans Program has been developed to help immigrants with making these adjustments and more.
Our vision is to:
- Better identify the language and cultural gaps in the social service sector.
- Develop and ensure that the Resource Handbook continues to exist as a gateway for New Americans to secure social services.
- Focus on simplifying the process between identifying the needs of a New American and finding the necessary services that can be of assistance.
- Provide training and education to New Americans in order to help them adjust to the "American way-of-life".
- Evaluate and train agencies on cultural-sensitive issues and bridge the gap between differences for better communication and better service.
To date, we have developed a Resource Handbook of social service agencies for Middlesex County. In the near future, Resource Handbooks for Somerset and Mercer Counties will be available. In addition, all three Resource Handbooks will be available in Spanish versions.
Furthermore, we will conduct a study researching the greatest areas of need for training, education and process improvement of social service agencies, caregivers, and the New Americans community.
Our website will be updated regularly with news and events about our progress and what we plan for the future.