Connecticut Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations
This program, operated under contract with the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services and North Central Area Agency on Aging, Inc., is designed to offer a full range of social services directly to the diverse immigrant populations served by CCMAA. Main programming components focus on counseling/advocacy of seniors in the areas of health and nutrition, English as a Second Language, and advocacy in the legal and medical fields. CCMAA also facilitates socialization amongst elderly immigrant populations through its operation of these programs. In this way, CCMAA provides direct social services through advocacy and counseling, as well as making it possible for aged immigrants to form new connections in their new home.
With funding support from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the City of Hartford, and the Local Initiative Support Center, CCMAA does extensive “organizing” and outreach to Vietnamese immigrants living and/or working in the Parkville neighborhood of Hartford. Working around the “theme” of “economic self sufficiency” we reach out to the neighborhoods immigrant through small culturally sensitive group meetings at which we gain insights and pass on information that can positively impact their financial circumstances: employment, education, English as a second language, as well as related themes such as insurance, savings, debt and asset management. The program is also designed to help identify indigenous community leaders who may eventually play key roles in the redistribution of electoral power … to better include immigrant communities.
Crime Victim Advocacy
Funded under contract with the State of Connecticut Office of Victim Services, CCMAA
employs four part-
The Coalition’s outreach effort to immigrant/refugee groups also includes outreach to the youngest amongst this population. Currently, the primary form that the youth development initiative takes is a year –round Soccer Program, Health Education, and Summer Program including beach outings and recreational activities. Advocacy/counseling is also available to the children who participate in these programs, so that the program addresses not just social and health/nutritional needs, but also a wide range of other issues. The program is operated with funding support from the City of Hartford’s Office of Youth Services and others.
Access to Health Care
The Coalition is developing a program to provide a unified approach to assisting
new immigrants who are confronted with health care needs. Western Medicine presents
itself both as a miracle of healing and a bureaucratic nightmare of forms, finances
and frustration. We are attempting to build a program that assists immigrants when
they are most in need – when they are ill, and ill-
Translation and Interpretation
To help immigrants/refugees become as self-
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African Community Council
Guinean Community in CT