Linguistic and cultural differences are often the biggest roadblocks for newcomers. Multicultural Center staff are often from similar regions to its clients and/or speak clients’ languages. Public mental health systems refer their clients to the Multicultural Center in large part because of the vast linguistic and cultural capacity NVFS provides. Despite higher rates of exposure to trauma (due to experiences of war, death of or prolonged separation from family members, torture, long stays in refugee camps, etc.), these families are less likely to access mental health and other basic services. Cultural, linguistic and socio-economic barriers are strong deterrents, and bridging those barriers is essential to providing critical resources and services. NVFS’ culturally diverse, highly trained and dedicated mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to work with immigrants and refugees from all over the world. Many NVFS staff are themselves immigrants, refugees and/or members of cultural minorities.
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Annie | For 8-year-old Annie, the world no longer felt like a safe place. At her school, the social worker noticed Annie’s changing demeanor and personality. It was clear Annie needed help. Her social worker turned to NVFS.
Diana | Diana was coping with her new role as a single parent after leaving her children’s abusive father, learning how to advocate for herself and children, and even learning how to speak English more fluently.
Lydia | Lydia came to the United States to reconnect with her mother after being apart for five years. Through NVFS’ family reunification program, she was able to not only rebuild that relationship, but prepare herself for a brighter future.
“I wanted to thank you for everything. I can’t tell you how much the kids are finally happy. It was the first night for all of us to sleep. We are sending you big hugs and telling you thank you for everything you’ve done for us.”
– Program for Survivors of Torture and Trauma client