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Berkshire Immigrant Community Resources

SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRANTS & THEIR FAMILIES

WELCOME!
Whether it is your first visit to this site or you are back again, this site was created for YOU! Explore the RESOURCE DIRECTORY to find support from local services for Berkshire area immigrants. Use our CALENDAR to see details on upcoming events. Read our ARTICLES of INTEREST to learn more about matters related to life as an immigrant.

 

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“BASIC” is the Berkshire Alliance to Support the Immigrant Community. We are an alliance of Berkshire-based organizations that created these resources specifically for immigrants.

Resources Available

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Education

  • English classes/tutors
  • Citizenship preparation
  • High school diplomas
  • Vocational programs
  • Higher education
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Health & Safety

  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Domestic violence support
  • Substance use services

*Many do not require health insurance

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Immigration & Legal

  • Immigration legal advice
  • Immigration pathways
  • Criminal issues
  • Divorce issues
  • Custody issues
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Clothing & Household

  • Free/low cost household goods
  • Free/low cost clothing
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Housing & Utilities

  • Legal & financial support for housing
  • Emergency housing
  • Discounts & financial help with utilities
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Food Assistance

  • Free or low cost groceries and meals
  • Food Pantries
  • Government Programs
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Family Assistance

  • Support for immigrant children and their families
  • Programs for children
  • Daycare
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Employment

  • Resume writing
  • Job applications
  • Interview preparation
  • Job search sites
  • Help starting your own business
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Banking & Financial

  • Opening bank accounts
  • Getting mortgages
  • Paying taxes
  • Applying for ITIN numbers
  • Workshops on financial literacy
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Community

  • Community groups
  • Networks
  • Faith organizations
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Transportation

  • Local cabs
  • Cars to hire
  • Accompaniment to immigration appointments
  • Public transportation

“BASIC has been invaluable to me in my work to resettle Afghan evacuees in Berkshire County. Their collective institutional knowledge has allowed me to spend my time helping evacuees rather than researching resources.. Through BASIC I can also let immigrant organizations know about the needs of our Afghan evacuees and refugee clients. Berkshire County is so lucky to have BASIC as a resource to serve our communities.”

Gabriela Sheehan

Berkshire Resettlement Coordinator, Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts

See our Calendar to find an event near you!