Settling into a new country can be an exciting, but sometimes daunting experience. With support from the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme, the IIIC offers services that help individuals and families safely transition into American society.
Whether newcomers or long-time residents of the US, we welcome low income immigrants in need, offering them care and support in an environment free of judgment.
Counseling and case management
Our licensed and certified counselor offers free professional and confidential counseling to individuals, couples and families struggling with substance abuse, grief, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and a host of other issues.
Through case management we match clients to the best social services within the IIIC, or refer them to the programs and resources most appropriate for their needs. We also advise people seeking to return home.
Substance abuse prevention and recovery
The IIIC supports individuals struggling with substance abuse, helping them make positive, lasting changes.
We do this through counseling centered on addiction recovery and when appropriate through referrals to specialized programs including detox, residential treatment and culturally-sensitive services. We also offer information on local self-help groups like Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Learn2Cope and Gamblers Anonymous.
In partnership with the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force, the Laboure Center/Recovering Connections in South Boston, and others, we run educational workshops that help people in recovery and their families. We also publish “Matters of Substance,” a monthly column which explores addiction recovery and prevention and other mental and behavioral health issues.
Suicide prevention and education
Suicide has become a disturbing trend in our community, and we are passionate about preventing it.
Our Wellness staff members are certified trainers in the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) method of suicide prevention. We offer free trainings to care-givers and members of immigrant communities to become QPR Gatekeepers. Training participants learn to identify the signs of someone who may be feeling suicidal, and how to respond.
Our Together for Hope walk for suicide prevention raises awareness and brings together a community of people who care deeply about this issue or who want to honor loved ones lost by walking for hope.
In partnership with nurses from “Cathedral Cares” of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, we offer annual free Health and Dental Screenings. We also promote affordable health insurance access in partnership with Healthcare for All (HCFA), and Health Law Advocates (HLA).
Education and Job Readiness
The IIIC offers courses and workshops that build confidence and skills, empowering immigrants to create the lives they dream of in their adopted home. Click here to learn more about these programs:
- Home Care Skills Course
- CPR Workshops
- Computer Skills Course
- Citizenship Classes
- Irish Language Classes
To learn more about Wellness Services, please contact:
Director of Wellness Services: Rachel Reisman, LICSW | 617.542.7654 ext 14
Wellness Services Program Assosicate: Siobhan Kelly | 617.542.7654 ext 13
Case Manager for Central American Families: Sofia Vergara | 617.542.7654 ext 32