The Welcoming Center provides a variety of services for immigrants from all over the world. Whether you’re an entry-level worker or a highly skilled professional, we can help you succeed in the U.S.
Education and Training
We offer English classes and tutoring for all learning levels, from beginners to advanced and college preparation. We also offer English classes especially geared toward healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs.
Are you a foreign-educated professional seeking professional employment? We provide assessment and consultation, networking and business skills workshops, career mapping and guidance, and professional support. To be eligible for the program, you must have permanent work authorization, a four-year college degree from a foreign university, and be a Philadelphia resident.
We will help you plan your career path, find jobs that are right for you, and prepare you for interviews and your first day on the job. Our employment specialists can help you find the training you need to improve your English, prepare for tests, build your skills, or run a small business.
Our monthly legal clinics are the place to get free advice on immigration and visas, family law, landlord/tenant issues, workplace law, and more. The Legal Clinic is held from 3pm to 5:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. To make an appointment, please contact Desiree Wayne.
Do you own or want to own a small business? We offer entrepreneurship skills training, English for Entrepreneurs classes, business workshops and consultations, technical assistance, guidance on licenses and regulations, and more resources. We also work with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Global Access program to help entrepreneurs access grants and capital. We’ve helped more than 800 small businesses grow!
The Welcoming Center recognizes that active immigrant participation in the civic and political life of cities creates stronger and more successful communities. This is why one of our core objectives is to work with individuals and organizations to promote civic participation. In 2017, we embarked on a citizenship project – supported by the Knight Foundation – to test three solutions to expand and strengthen current civic engagement and citizenship initiatives in the city of Philadelphia.