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Cultural Information

Cultural Connections Collaborative

This program provides education to professionals who serve in diverse communities with various cultural beliefs and practices. This initiative includes cultural competency training, information sharing and resource distribution about services and opportunities that can enhance the lives of diverse community residents.

The Cultural Connections Collaborative also hosts the Community Inclusion Network (CIN) which provides a quarterly forum and education session for local community leaders, health providers and social service providers. These sessions allow these diverse leaders to learn about ideas from other communities, and to also build partnerships.

How to Contact

Ellen Williams, MSA

CKHS Community Health Education
Silberman Center
One Medical Center Blvd.
Upland, PA 19013


Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs

Founded in August 2004, the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs was created in response to the growth of the Asian American community across the Commonwealth. The commissioners are leaders in their communities and represent a diverse range of fields from the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Pennsylvania.


Hispanic Resource Center

The Hispanic Resource Center's mission is to assist the Hispanic community in obtaining and learning more about the resources available in Delaware County. Please feel free to stop in our office on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. without an appointment, as the services are free and confidential. Bilingual professionals are available to help you navigate the maze of services (i.e. applying for health insurance, accessing healthcare services, securing safe housing, etc.) that are so critical to the health and wellbeing of the family.

La misión del Centro de Recursos Hispano es asistir a la comunidad Hispana a recibir y entender los recursos disponibles en el Condado de Delaware. Usted puede venir a nuestra oficina los miércoles de 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. No se necesita hacer una cita y los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales. Nuestro personal bilingüe está disponible para ayudarle a navegar una variedad de servicios (ex: aplicar para seguro médico, obtener servicios para el cuidado de salud, conseguir vivienda estable, etc.) los cuales son críticos para la salud y el bienestar de su familia.

How to Contact

Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start Office
Myrna Russi

Community Hospital
1st floor Southeast
2600 West 9th Street
Chester, PA 19013
(610) 497-7308

Oficina de Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start
(Hispanic Resource Center)
Myrna Russi

Community Hospital
Edificio Sureste primer piso
2600 West 9th Street
Chester, PA 19013


Multicultural Family Services (MCFS)

The Mission of MCFS:

To empower African immigrants and refugee families to gain a greater capacity to interact in their new environment.
To promote and encourage the preservation of African values, culture and tradition.
To provide counseling, mentoring, recreation and family support services to African immigrants and refugees residing in Delaware and Philadelphia counties.
To provide support through advocacy for African immigrants and refugee children and families.

How to Contact

MCFS Upper Darby Office
7016 Terminal Square, Suite 1-A
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: 484-461-8660

Email: info@mcfsorg.com


Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia

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 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.

How to Contact

7 South Cedar Lane
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: 610-789-6355

Email: info@icphila.org

Monday to Friday by appointment


Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP)

The Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) provides federally-funded services to refugees in accordance with federal statutes and regulations and the Commonwealth's State Plan.

Funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program provides a continuum of employment, educational, case management, health and financial support services to newly arrived refugees in the Commonwealth.

Responsibility for the Refugee Resettlement Program rests with the State Refugee Coordinator, designated by the Secretary of Welfare. The Program is overseen by the PA Department of Public Welfare. Cash and Medical Assistance programs, administered by the Office of Income Maintenance, are coordinated with the delivery of employment, educational, aging and allied human services, administered by the Bureau of Employment and Training in the Office of Income Maintenance.

The Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program contracts with organizations located throughout the state to provide a wide variety of assistance to refugees.

Services include:

  • Employment Programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) programs
  • Targeted Assistance
  • Interpretation and Translation
  • Citizenship Preparation courses
  • Asylee Outreach Project
  • Services to Older Refugees
  • Information Referral
  • Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program
  • Vocational ESL for Cuban and Haitian refugees
  • TANF employment and training programs

How to Contact

Norm-Anne Rothermel, State Refugee Coordinator
Phone: (717) 787-8608
Email: nrothermel@pa.gov

Charlotte Fry
Phone: (717) 346-1095
Email: chafry@pa.gov

Evan Shuey
Phone: (717) 346-1094
Email: eshuey@pa.gov

Nickolas Spirelis
Phone: (717) 783-4509
Email: tspirelis@pa.gov


Upper Darby Welcome Center

The Upper Darby Welcome Center was established in 2003. This innovative center satisfies a growing need in a township as diversified as Upper Darby. The Welcome Center, located at 7000 Walnut Street, is open Monday thru Friday and specializes in offering assistance with immigration questions, state and federal government services, citizenship applications, locating employment, and English as a Second Language. Services are also offered concerning legal advice, health insurance, and becoming a homeowner.

How to Contact

Raya K. Fagg, Director
Upper Darby Welcome Center
7000 Walnut Street
Upper Darby, PA 19082


Welcome Center for New Pennsylvanians

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians connects newly arrived individuals from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed in our region. Since opening its doors in 2003, it has assisted more than 6,000 clients from more than 90 countries. The center believes that a steady influx of new customers, workers, and entrepreneurs can reinvigorate Pennsylvania's aging population, renew its neighborhoods, and re-energize our economy. By making Pennsylvania a magnet for immigrants, it will become a more vibrant, more creative, and more dynamic competitor in today's global economy. The Welcoming Center's Web site is www.welcomingcenter.org