The 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:
Includes information in Spanish, French, Swahili, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Nepalese, Tigrinia.
Provide quality civil legal assistance to Marylanders with limited income at low or no cost, as well as tax preparation guidance.
Provides nutritious meals and grocery assistance to homebound, elderly, and disabled individuals at no cost.
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.
An "open center" senior care center 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 Coordinator
Elise Rudt, Refugee Outreach Specialist