Immigrant and Refugee Organizations

Programs run by immigrant and refugee groups

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Burmese Community Case Management

Burmese Community Services, Inc.

Provides case management (school registration, SNAP, Medicaid, DSS, & Home Energy Assistance Program) and referrals for the Burmese community in Buffalo.

Address

81 Albany St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Steven Sanyu
(716) 308-4338

Cost

Free

Hours

By appointment

Burmese Language and Culture Program

Buffalo State Community Action Center

Classes teach children ages 4-12 their native language and culture. The program supports students’ development of literacy skills in their home language, while strengthening ties to their linguistic and cultural heritage.

Address

214 Grant St. 
Buffalo, NY 14213  

Contact

Win Min Thant, Education Coordinator
(716) 878-3289

Burmese, Karen, and Nepali Bilingual Staff

Cost

Free

Hours

Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Folk Arts Program

Castellani Art Museum

Helps preserve, celebrate, and support cultural traditions, from food and crafts to traditional music and dance, in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Working with traditional artists and communities to organize public programs and exhibits to increase awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural heritage of established and new-arrival communities throughout WNY.

Address

Castellani Art Museum
5795 Lewiston Road,
Niagara University, NY 14109

Contact

Edward Y. Millar, Curator of Folk Arts
(716) 286-8290

Eligibility

Traditional artists (in Western New York)

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in

Post Resettlement Services for Arabic Population

Iraqi American Society, Inc.

Iraqi American Society provides Arabic language classes, women's empowerment committee, social committee, and post resettlement services, including assistance filling out forms and reading mail.

Address

1005 Grand St.
Buffalo, NY 14207

Contact

Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Aavailable For Other Languages

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Free except for Arabic classes

Hours

Monday and Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

By appointment or walk-in

Stitch Buffalo

Stich Buffalo's Refugee Women's Worshop is a space where refugee women can come together to weave and embroider while sharing laughter, curiosity and education. Stitch Buffalo helps empower refugee women in the city of Buffalo.

Address

286 Lafayette Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Dawne Hoeg and Shelby Deck

Eligibility

Women 18 and over

Cost

Free

Hours

Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The WASH Project

As a mixed use laundromat, WASH also functions as a neighborhood access point for arts, literacy, and critical human services including translation, citizenship, legal council, home finding, and job placement for our steadily growing Burmese refugee community.

Address

417 Massachusetts Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Zaw Win
(716) 544-1172

Burmese and Thai Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Walk-in only