Serving Immigrants and Refugees since 1921
Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our strength lies in the diversity of our clients and services. Since NSC’s founding in 1921, our mission has been to help immigrants and refugees participate fully in American society. Each year, we help approximately 4,000 individuals from over 90 countries. We implement this mission by meeting five main objectives:
- Protecting the legal rights of all immigrants
- Empowering immigrants and refugees, including the most vulnerable, on the path toward social adjustment
- Strengthening immigrant communities
- Advocating for fair and humane policies toward immigrants and refugees
- Promoting the value of diversity in the Philadelphia region
Each week, hundreds of refugees and immigrants come through the doors of NSC - and every one of them has a story to share. These are stories of loss and often tragedy - but, these are also stories of hope, kindness, and determination. NSC has teamed up with a group of young journalists from Temple University who will bring you these stories.
“Immigrants usually come to the U.S.A. with the hope of pursuing a better life, but it’s hard to accomplish goals when you can’t speak the language. After struggling to learn English as new immigrants, a South-Asian couple decided to find a way to make things easier for those who would come after them.
In 2004, Ali Zaker and Najneen Kabita founded the first Bangladeshi community learningcenter in Philadelphia, ‘Moder Patshala’ to help newly arrived immigrants from Bangladesh to ease their way into a new city and life.
Ali Zaker came to Philadelphia in 1993 in search of a better life for his family. He barely spoke any English before coming, and learned it little by little through talking to people around him. His wife, Najneen Kabita joined him in 1998. Because of their personal experience of conquering language barrier, they decided to found Moder Patshala, a community learning center, in the basement of their house to help new Bangladeshi immigrants arriving in the city.”…. Read the full story here
– William Hao-Wei Yang
Nationalities Service Center Announces New ESL Class at Taller Puertorriqueño
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