WHAT WE DO
Working since 1981 to build an inclusive community in which all people feel welcome and have the tools necessary to succeed.
International House has helped thousands of Charlotte's foreign-born residents successfully integrate into our community over the years by providing low-cost English classes, personalized tutoring to help people prepare to become U.S. citizens, affordable legal assistance to help people obtain U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status, and critical summer learning opportunities for young English-language learners. At the same time, we help promote the development of a more tolerant community that recognizes the value and contributions of immigrants to Charlotte's economy, culture and lifestyle, and that offers these newcomers the space and support network needed to be successful in their new home. Our international visitors program introduces leaders from other countries to Charlotte and the businesses and people who make up our city. With opportunities such as our home-hosting program for international visitors and foreign language conversation hours, residents can meet and learn about people from other cultures and countries.
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I was so glad that International House took my case. I could finally afford help with the immigration paperwork. At International House I had this feeling that I was welcomed. You know, certain homes you enter you feel uncomfortable, and certain homes you enter you feel comfortable. I felt so comfortable there, it was like I’m home already.
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SERVICES WE PROVIDE
The Immigration Law Clinic serves approximately 600 people per year and is the largest low-cost provider of immigration law services focused on U.S. citizenship cases in the region.
The Citizen Diplomacy Program brings business, government and civil society leaders from other countries to Charlotte to learn about American democracy, capitalism and home-life.
The Rising Readers program – conducted in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools – is the only summer learning program aimed specifically at improving the literacy skills of elementary age English-Language Learners.
The English as a Second Language and Citizenship Preparation Programs pair adult students with volunteer tutors who provide personalized support and educational guidance so they can improve their English and learn how to be engaged, responsible citizens.