Services to Older Refugees ProgramThe BCCC Citizenship Preparation Program, under a grant from the Maryland Office of Refugees and Asylees (MORA)/Maryland Department of Human Resources (MDHR) ensures that refugees age 60 and above have access to mainstream aging services in their community through the Services to Older Refugees (SOR) Program. This program:
- Enables older refugees to live independently as long as possible
- Provides appropriate services to elderly refugees who are not currently being provided for in the community
- Establishes and expands working relationships with state and local agencies to ensure refugee access to aging services
- Links refugees to naturalization services that help refugees become U.S citizens
Citizenship classes for older refugees are currently provided at the BCCC Harbor Campus, Goodnow Community Center, Church of the Most Precious Blood, and Active Day of Baltimore (for adult daycare clients).
We are currently partnered with the following community organizations to help older refugees:State agency provides support and services to refugees and asylees in Maryland, including funding for the Services to Older Refugees program. Includes information in Spanish, French, Swahili, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Nepalese, Tigrinia.Provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. This includes resettlement in the United States and ongoing legal and social services, such as help in filling out naturalization forms.Provide quality civil legal assistance to Marylanders with limited income at low or no cost, as well as tax preparation guidance.Local Aging and Disability Resource Centers connect older adults to a variety of community services like assisted living, meals, medication management, Medicare, Medicaid, caregiver support, transportation, personal care, healthy living, and dealing with medical issues.Provides nutritious meals and grocery assistance to homebound, elderly, and disabled individuals at no cost.An "open center" senior care model that provides seniors with transportation to the center, daily meals, nursing care, activities and classes.
Please contact the Citizenship Program to learn more about how you can partner with us to help Maryland's older refugees!Yana Cascioffe, Citizenship Program Coordinatorycascioffe@bccc.edu; 410-986-3201Elise Rudt, Refugee Outreach Specialisterudt@bccc.edu; 410-986-3213