The Immigration Project Welcoming Center, coming 2021!

About:

Through the support of grant funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Welcoming Center initiative will foster community alliances and support immigrant families and the local English Language Learning (ELL) population with non-legal needs. The Welcoming Center hopes to serve as a one-stop-shop to provide immigrants and new Americans with vital resources and opportunities to build their lives here in McLean County.

The Welcoming Center hours are as follows:

Mondays: 10am –  6pm

Tuesdays: 10am –  6pm

Wednesdays: closed

Thursdays: 10am –  6pm

Fridays: 10am –  6pm

Saturdays: 9am –  2pm

Sundays: closed

Services Offered: 

Referrals are offered to provide direct assistance with:

Legal Services

Housing and Food Insecurity

Interpretation/Translation

Mental Health Issues

Substance Abuse

Education and Unemployment

Community Networking

Emergency Assistance

To connect with the Immigration Project’s Welcoming Center and learn about community alliances and opportunities, please connect with a member of our team on our contact page. 

History: 

In 2007, the Illinois Department of Human Services launched the Illinois Welcoming Center Program (IWC) to model a state-operated one-stop human service center designed to help immigrants and ELL (English Language Learning) individuals navigate state services and coordinate those state services with non-profit community social services. In 2017, the Welcoming Center Program transitioned to include a community-based service model that continues to operate as a one-stop human service center in a community setting. As part of a 2020 grant initiative from the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Immigration Project sought to support the bolstering of a strong connective social services hub to complement immigrants’ legal needs in Bloomington-Normal.

Team:

Camila Graunke, Office Manager: (309) 829-8703 x 108; cgraunke@immigrationproject.org

Hannah Mesouani, Welcoming Center Manager: (309) 829-8703 x 201; hmesouani@immigrationproject.org

Rocio Peralta, Caseworker: (309) 829-8703 x 200; rperalta@immigrationproject.org

Veronica Torres Luna, Caseworker: (309) 829-8703 x 202; vtorresluna@immigrationproject.org

Contact: 

i.info@immigrationservices.org 

(309) 829-8703 x 108