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by Kelly Weaver, MA, RYT, Resource & Referral Counselor, MSPP INTERFACE® Referral Service and Melissa Moses, PsyD, McLean Hospital

Multiculturalism is defined by a variety of factors such as race, ethnic background, gender, and sexual orientation. Every person has at least one cultural identity. Our cultural backgrounds impact how we experience the world. The concept of multiculturalism is integrated throughout the Project INTERFACE web site. The following organizations provide various types of support for a wide range of cultures.

Resource Organizations » Multiculturalism

25 listing(s), including 1 with hotlines and 3 offering support groups

In Massachusetts

Organizations with hotlines

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 120208
Boston, MA  02112
Hotline: 617-338-2355
Since 1987 the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence has worked with area social service organizations, institutions, and community leaders to end family violence and strengthen Asian families and communities. Our confidential 24 hour hotline is available for those who have questions, are confused, or are in emergency situations looking for a safe place to stay.

Organizations without hotlines

Asian American Civic Association
87 Tyler Street
Boston, MA  02111
617-426-9492 x 203
The Asian American Civic Association (AACA), operating since 1967, provides limited English speaking and economically disadvantaged people with education, occupational training and social services enabling them to realize lasting economic self-sufficiency. The Multi-Service Center at AACA provides assistance with immigration, housing, health insurance and primary care, food stamps, social security, home heating oil, income tax preparation, translation and interpretation, college application and financial aid forms, and information/referral.

Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services (YES)
199 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA  02111
Fax: 617-482-8635
The mission of Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services (YES) is to inspire Asian youth to discover and actualize their greatest potential.
This multi-service organization offers free services to Asian youth (ages 12-22) and their families living in the City of Boston, Malden and Quincy. Services offered include: youth development programs; alternative education program; prevention and intervention services; individual and family counseling; and youth leadership, social, and recreational activities. Services are offered in Chinese (four dialects) and Vietnamese.

Boston Language Institute
648 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02215
More than 55,000 students and professionals have studied English as a Second Language and over 140 foreign languages at the Boston Language Institute. Drawing on the Institute's TEFL Certificate Program, we employ the most modern methods in the field of language acquisition. Through the Communicative Method, which views each aspect of language learning -- grammar, conversation, reading and writing -- as a necessary support for the others, students learn new vocabulary and grammar while enhancing their English communication skills in a discussion-based and interactive class. Class themes focus on high-interest topics that present language in context and stimulate conversation. Translation and interpretation services are also available.

Catholic Charities, Community Interpreter Services
275 W. Broadway
South Boston, MA  02127
Community interpreter services (CIS) program recruits and trains interpreters to help bridge gaps in communication for limited English-proficient clients. We dispatch interpreters to state agencies, hospitals, schools, and businesses and provide document translation. The CIS network includes more than 100 trained, professional interpreters who, collectively, are fluent in over 70 languages.

Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology
85 East Newton Street, M-912
Boston, MA  02118
This organization is an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship training program and a post-doctoral fellowship program for psychology interns and fellows. The program's primary mission has always been and remains focused on training ethnic minority and other cross-cultural oriented psychologists to work with inner-city, low income and racially/ethnically diverse populations.

Generations After, Inc.
Offers support group(s)
67 South Bedford Street, Suite 400W
Burlington, MA  01803
We are a nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts whose mission is to preserve the legacy of our parents and grandparents, who were Holocaust Survivors, through outreach, education, social events and interaction with Survivors and their descendants.

Haitian American Public Health Initiative
10 Fairway Street
Mattapan, MA  02126
HAPHI was founded in 1989 by a group of Haitian-American health care professionals to address pressing public health issues confronting Boston's Haitian community. It is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing members of the Haitian-American community in Metro Boston with culturally and linguistically accessible information and services to improve their health and wellbeing.

HBGC (Hispanic Black Gay Coalition)
P.O. Box 120789
Boston, MA  02112
HBGC (Hispanic Black Gay Coalition) is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latino LGBT community. Founded in 2009 to unite and give a voice to LGBT individuals of color, we work to inspire and empower Hispanic, Latino and Black LGBT individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.

Hyde Square Task Force
375 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA  02130
The mission of Hyde Square Task Force is to develop the skills of youth and their families so that they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community. All of our programs are developed by residents in response to community needs. Since its founding, the Hyde Square Task Force has developed on-going programs for youth and families that not only help them advance at school and in careers, but also help create positive relations and opportunities to take pride and action in our community.

International Institute of Boston
One Milk Street
Boston, MA  02109
The International Institute of Boston provides newcomers with direct and practical assistance in the form of English & literacy courses, Refugee Resettlement services, Citizenship Education, Economic Development, Employment Training & Placement, Legal Aid and Social Services.

Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
100 Malcolm X Boulevard
Roxbury, MA  02120
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) is operated by the Muslim American Society of Boston, and provides a range of services. This includes housing a mosque, a school, as well as being available to both the Muslim and non-Muslim members of the community to provide education and outreach about the Muslim faith. The ISBCC also provides social services such as assistance in getting health insurance, finding health care providers and finding mental health supports in addition to consulting with the Imam.

Keshet Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT)
284 Amory Street
Building G, Second Floor
Jamaica Plain, MA  02130
Keshet seeks to create a fully welcoming and inclusive Jewish community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews in Greater Boston. Keshet develops leadership for change among GLBT Jews and allies to affect concrete changes in Jewish institutions' policies and cultures. Keshet also creates opportunities for GLBT Jews to come together, celebrate, and explore our Jewish identities in an affirming environment.

La Alianza Hispana
409 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA  02119
Since 1971, La Alianza Hispana has been an icon of Latino leadership. As a hub of social service delivery, advocacy, and education, our organization has changed lives and changed the landscape of community resources. We are committed to providing a wide range of culturally and linguistically appropriate services that meet the needs of Boston's Latino community. La Alianza is a results-oriented organization strategically focused on family support services, elder care programming, and workforce development and education. People and families are the heart of our work, and our impact is measured in the number of individuals and families who have: stabilized their lives, developed healthy parenting styles, are living independent, healthy lives, and have obtained sustainable employment. Although the majority of our program participants reside in Roxbury and Dorchester we also serve Latinos from surrounding Boston neighborhoods.

Latino Health Institute
95 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA  02116
The Latin American Health Institute (LHI) is New England's premier community-based public health organization, serving annually over 30,000 Latin American families and individuals through more than 60 direct care programs, and an additional 5,000 healthcare professionals, para-professionals, and institutions through education, technical assistance, fiscal sponsorship, program oversight, and consulting.

New American Services, Jewish Family & Children's Services (JF&CS)

New American Services assists refugees during their initial adjustment and provides ongoing support in helping individuals and families adapt to a new culture, obtain citizenship and build a connection to the Jewish community. The programs include: Refugee Resettlement Program, First Friends, Russian Community Services, Citizenship Assistance Program and Russian Teen Program.

New Bostonians
1 City Hall Square, Room 803
Boston, MA  02201
The purpose of the Office of New Bostonians is to strengthen the ability of immigrants and the diverse cultural and linguistic communities of which they are a part to fully participate in the economic, civic, social and cultural life of the City of Boston.

Queer Asian Pacific Alliance

Founded in 1979, QAPA, formerly AMALGM, is the oldest Asian queer organization in the United States. QAPA is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage (this is inclusive of A/PIs, A/PI Americans and those who are of mixed A/PI heritage) in the Boston and New England area. We currently have over 200 active members in the New England area, plus many more ex-members spread around the world.

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC)
31 Heath Street
Jamaica Plain, MA  02130
RIAC provides cultural and linguistically appropriate services to refugees, asylees and immigrants in the greater Boston Area such as interpretation services, domestic violence prevention, resettlement and placement programs and citizenship programs.

PO Box 1345
Burlington, MA  01803
Saheli, Friendship for South Asian Women is a group dedicated to helping South Asian women in Boston and surrounding areas. Saheli provides friendship, support, guidance and resources in the areas of career and economic empowerment, physical and mental health, legal and immigration issues, support for families, and social and cultural volunteer opportunities.

Second Generation Connections and Resources
Offers support group(s)
Second Generation Connections and Resources provides a setting for discussion and learning, as well as a location to seek helpful resources. Second Generation Connections and Resources provides an ongoing supportive/educational discussion group for children of Holocaust survivors. Discussion group topics include: sharing, learning and understanding about your family's or relative's experiences, understanding the impact of family experiences on yourself, your personal experiences and your life, learning from historical perspectives, informing and teaching the next generation, dealing with any concerns or needs you may have, and seeking helpful resources and information.

Selected Patient Information in Asian Languages (SPIRAL)
SPIRAL is a joint initiative between Tufts Health Science Library and South Cove Community Health Center. SPIRAL aims to increase access to Asian-language health information for consumers and health care providers. The SPIRAL web site is a collection of links to Asian-language patient care documents that have been created by authoritative sources and are freely available on the World Wide Web. Links are organized by topic and language.

Offers support group(s)
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA  02451
Yesodot's mission is to maximize the potential and build community foundations ("yesodot" is Hebrew for foundations) for children and young adults with disabilities in the metro Boston area. Yesodot welcomes Jewish and interfaith families. Yesodot is a family-centered and family-directed support program that provides a varied menu of services and programs to families whose loved ones have developmental, physical, learning or other disabilities. These services and programs include: parent and sibling support, family recreational outings, education workshops, programs for young people transitioning from high school, and information on assistive technology. Its accessible website includes listings of programs and upcoming events, online discussion groups to connect with other families, and a wide variety of information and resources on disabilities.

Outside Massachusetts

National Native Children's Trauma Center
Institute for Educational Research & Service
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT  59812
Toll Free: 800-637-4833
The mission of the National Native Childhood Trauma Center is to address high rates of traumatic stress amongst American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children by working under the guidance of U.S. tribal nations in implementing, adapting and evaluating trauma interventions. This work requires understanding, respect and honoring of tribal sovereignty, specific community needs and the use of traditional healing practices. The goals of the Center are to significantly increase and disseminate the number of culturally-relevant, evidence-based interventions for use with AI/AN children (particularly interventions to be delivered in schools) and disseminate these interventions nationally, both on and off reservations and within NCTSN; develop a network of culturally competent, trained educators, mental health providers, and law enforcement personnel who can meet the needs of AI/AN children who experience traumatic stress; and increase the amount of research detailing the processes through which AI/AN children experience and cope with traumatic stress.

Search Institute
615 First Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
Search Institute is a leading global innovator in discovering what children and adolescents need to become caring, healthy, and responsible adults. Drawing on extensive research, Search Institute brings hopeful solutions to pressing challenges in the lives of young people and their communities.

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Additional Sources of Information

Cultural Competency in Health Care. A list of resources about providing culturally compentent health care. From the Massachusetts Network of Information Providers for People with Disabilities (MNIP).

Disclaimer: Material on the MSPP INTERFACE® Referral Service website is intended as general information. It is not a recommendation for treatment, nor should it be considered medical or mental health advice. The MSPP INTERFACE® Referral Service urges families to discuss all information and questions related to medical or mental health care with a health care professional.