MORE provides refugees and immigrants with the education and support they seek to become fully engaged members of our community.
Our overall goal is to respect, develop and invest in our newest community members in order to strengthen the community as a whole. Our programs are both effective and highly regarded among our participants and community partners. The services we offer assist people in obtaining financial security through gainful employment, access to financial resources, and support of their overall wellbeing.
What We Do
Education Program - Free classes assist adult refugees/immigrants in improving their English skills and empower them to learn the skills necessary to function more independently in the United States. MORE provides free classes at six levels of English beginning at pre-literate. At this level, participants are not literate in their own language, rarely having attended school previously. Attaining an incrementally higher level of English language proficiency helps students earn incrementally higher wages. One level gain takes approximately 160 hours of classroom instruction, approximately six weeks in MORE's classes. One level gain attained in English learning is equal to the learner receiving an additional $1,626 in annual income. In the past year, MORE's Education Program Participants successfully achieved 36 level gains adding a potential $58,536 in annual income for those learners.
Social Services Program - Support families in managing life's myriad of issues and complexities & help refugees/immigrants meet their basic needs, stabilize financially and achieve or sustain self-sufficiency. Assist our participants in navigating the American medical, welfare, housing, legal, educational and other systems. Provide advocacy to ensure access to community financials resources such as county cash benefits (MFIP), SSI, subsidized housing, etc. Almost 200 individuals were provided with an average of 2.14 case management visits each. Financially stabilize families through our Basic Needs services by providing free food/clothing/household goods on a weekly basis to ensure families are not going without life's necessities. Over 500 participants were provided Basic Needs services an average of 3.45 times.