These are free services we provide to eligible clients through our contract with the State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), Refugee Services Office. These include
- Case management
- Pre-employment assessment
- Employment training and readiness
- Resume writing, interview skills, job development
- Job placement and employment follow up
- ESOL (English) class
- Citizenship class
- Transportation assistance
- Interpretation and translation
Our goal is to assist our clients to achieve self-sufficiency, self reliance, adjustment to life in the USA, and to become productive members in their neighborhoods and communities, and ultimately, to become American citizens.
Become a client
Refugees and asylees are eligible to become clients and then receive services. It is the policy of MDA to offer services to any and all Southeast Asian refugees. To become a client, an individual is required to
- Provide documentation of their refugee/asylee status from USCIS
- Sign a Client’s Rights Form (link)
Acceptable documentation includes an I-94 card, green card or asylum approval letter.
The Client’s Rights Form verifies that the client understands their rights when requesting and accepting social services provided by MDA.
Contact us to make an appointment and become a client.
These are services we provide to community members and families and to partner agencies, organizations and offices. Some are fee-based.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND FAMILIES
Working with our partners we do our best to assist Southeast Asian community members who are ineligible for State Services. These include access to municipal and county services, health and legal navigation, voter information and registration, tax and consumer info, house and car purchase, health insurance, Orange Card, Medicaid, house safety, women’s health, and other vital needs.
ORGANIZATIONS AND PARTNERS
For employers, nonprofits, schools, higher education and government, MDA assistance includes
- Interpretation and translation*
- Recorded messages
- General consultation
*Contact us about medical and legal interpretation
Employers We can help you make sure workers are informed and ready to work. Typical assistance includes translation and interpretation for workers to fill out forms, safety training, and work-related English customized to your environment.
- General language and cultural assistance for HR, supervisors and staff
- Correct cultural and language-interpreted safety training
Nonprofits and government Our expertise can help your organization reach its goals. We are always ready to form mutually beneficial partnerships or assist in joint grants.
- We can reach sectors of our community like families, youth, businesses and professionals
- We can help design successful programs
- We are experienced executing grant-based projects
Public schools and higher education Education is key to individual and community success. We can help schools, colleges and universities reach families and the community to improve learner outcomes among our youth.
- We know the individual and family barriers many face
- We know how to motivate and train youth to succeed
Scholars, educators, journalists and researchers Through our Community Advisory Council we partner with scholars and research institutions to close the knowledge gap about Montagnard and Southeast Asian communities in our area.
- We partner with colleges and universities to train next-generation community youth in advanced leadership, community organization and academic skills.
Special requests Through our youth branch, the Montagnard American Organization, we promote our community's artists, dancers, musicians, language and other cultural experts.
- We advocate for fair wages and compensation for all performers