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| 1001 DARBY RD Havertown PA 19083-3818
Irish Immigration Center is headquartered in Havertown, PA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 73-1649522. Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Cultural, Ethnic Awareness within the Arts, Culture and Humanities category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2003.
(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)
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The Irish Diaspora Center (formerly the Irish Immigration Center) was founded in 1998 to meet the needs of the Irish immigrant community in Philadelphia. While our work focuses on the most vulnerable members of our community, we also provide advice and support on a range of issues of interest to the Irish and immigrant communities in our region. Our services fall under three main areas: Supporting Immigrants - Provide a range of information, advice and referrals to Irish people on the U.S. immigration system, healthcare, housing and other issues of interest to the Irish community in our region. Run a legal clinic in partnership with the Brehon Law Society and Drexel Law School to provide free legal advice to our community. Act as a trusted resource to Irish people who are new to the region. Support the older Irish members of our community by hosting a variety of social and cultural events. Promoting Citizenship - Inform people on the benefits of dual citizenship, assisting eligible Irish-Americans to secure Irish citizenship and eligible Irish green card holders to become U.S. citizens. Encourage people to be active citizens and contribute to their community. Present programs that promote active citizenship, such as voter registration drives and census awareness. Strengthening The Community - Act as a fiscal sponsor for eligible Irish organizations to help raise funds through grant applications, matching gifts and tax-deductible donations. Provide a range of start-up and ongoing support, including meeting space, for the development of Irish organizations in the region. Partner with other organizations to promote events, share information and resources and foster a vibrant sense of community and Irish identity. Educate people about U.S. and Irish immigration law and campaigns for a fair and equitable immigration system. Conduct research to inform future development that will better serve the community.
Our legal clinic, offered twice per month, is staffed by immigration attorneys volunteering their time to work on issues relating to visas, green cards, and the citizenship process. The staff of the IDC works with clients to complete applications and to gather all the necessary documentation needed to submit those applications including travel records, birth certificates, tax filings, selective services records, etc. The IIC is the first call for any Irish-born person needing assistance with an arrest and/or deportation. We work with Irish citizens who have been incarcerated by providing prison visits. Our seniors program began 12 years ago with 6 seniors and has grown to nearly 50 individuals attending on a weekly basis. We work to create an interesting and dynamic program to keep the elderly participants engaged mentally while offering a place to socialize and avoid the isolation that comes after immigration, retirement, and/or lack of family support. We bring in speakers to discuss topics such as nutrition, exercise, elder law, medical benefits, heart health, and financial planning. In addition to the life skills, we offer presentations on Irish art, music, film, and history and day-trips to interesting places. The Youth program focuses on: 1) celebrating, maintaining & strengthening the links between Ireland & the Global Irish 2) fostering a more vibrant sense of local community 3) offering the opportunity for intergenerational projects and 4) developing leadership skills. We welcome children ages 3-10 for monthly storytelling & heritage lessons including stories told by our senior members. In the 10 - 17-year-old range, we offer Foróige—which enables young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society. We have the Be Healthy, Be Happy program, which has a duel role as a part of our Foróige program and our newest program the Community Help Awareness Trust (CHAT) program. In 2019, the Be Healthy, Be Happy program served 48 middle school aged girls. In the summer of 2019, we held our first Summer Immersion Program. We invited rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to join us for a 13-day trip to Ireland. Our team leads the group through traditional exploration including visits to several heritage sights, while challenging the students to break out of their comfort zone. The CHAT program provides one-to-one counseling, substance abuse prevention training, and family and group therapeutic services to clients. We have developed the CHAT program to touch each population that we serve. Ultimately, the goal of the CHAT program is to reduce the rate of substance abuse and suicide through support programs and education opportunities.
A team of highly qualified volunteer lawyers provides assistance to Irish Immigrants who come to The Irish Diaspora Center (formerly the Irish Immigration Center) in search of legal aid or advice. These lawyers are specially trained to with cases related to immigration. They help Irish individuals in attaining citizenship, protect the immigrant rights and look after other legal issues related to immigration. They help interpret and provide advice on migration, citizenship and business immigration issues, political asylum, and on the processes through which people may secure travel, work or student visas. The Immigration attorneys can represent clients in immigration proceedings in U.S. Immigration Courts. Another key factor aiding in the success of the Irish Diaspora Center (formerly the Irish Immigration Center) is its proximity not only to the city, but additionally the large Irish population in the suburbs of Delaware County. The Census Bureau reports that 10% of the population in Delaware County is foreign born and 25% of Delaware County’s population is of Irish Ancestry. In Philadelphia 13.4% of the population is foreign board and 10.7% of the population is of Irish Ancestry. Our organization benefits every day from the dedicated energies and time devoted by the 12 members of our board. It is made of dedicated, highly skilled, professional members. They are invested in our community and many offer a first- person perspective into the need for The Irish Diaspora Center.
We currently measure impact through client surveys and attendance at events/programs. We ask program participants to complete attendance sheets and surveys. Immigration clinics see on average 190 people per year in person and helps more than 500 through phone and emails. Last year, our consular services helped 224 people with Irish passport and citizenship applications. In addition, we receive approximately 20 calls per week requesting help to walk through the process. In our children’s on-site program, we have 47 registered for our Foroige programs. Each year, we serve more than 125 youth. In July 2019, we held an information session about our Community Help Awareness Trust (CHAT) program’s upcoming grief support group. During the 2nd quarter of 2019 alone, we received 36 inquiries/requests for mental health services for undocumented immigrants. Many of our clients come to us as a referral from a friend, family member, or neighbor. As we maintain and continue to build trust within the community, our success is measured by the cumulative number of individuals that we serve. Throughout the year, the Irish Immigration Center staff track phone calls, emails, and other engagements. Our programs collectively reach about 5,000 individuals each year.
Aside from our services that support immigrants, promote citizenship, and strengthen the community, we are actively working to address the psychological trauma of immigration. The World Health Organization acknowledges the importance of psychological trauma—such as immigration—as a major public health problem and highlights the significance of screening for the presence and accumulation of traumatic exposures as a risk factor for suicide ideation and attempt, as well as substance abuse. In 2019, we started the Community Help Awareness Trust (CHAT) program to address these issues. We know from our immigration services program that our clients refer their friends, family, and neighbors to the Irish Diaspora Center and, thus, we expect referrals to continue as we phase in the CHAT program. Ultimately, the goal of the CHAT program is to reduce the rate of substance abuse and suicide through support programs and education opportunities for immigrants.
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