Statement on COVID-19

To protect our clients and our staff, our office is closed at this time, and we have suspended all in-person intakes and programs. As our staff works from home, we are continuing to reach out to, and support, the immigrant community in whatever ways we can.

Here are some examples of what we are doing currently. We are sending regular email updates about our services and available resources:

  • On Saturday, March 28th, IOSC staff delivered meals, Baltimore City Schools learning packets, and multilingual Census 2020 flyers to over 40 immigrant families, feeding a total of 244 people. The meals were generously donated by our friends at Hightopps Backstage Grille.
  • The IOSC continues to work on Census 2020. We are communicating with the East African, Nepali, refugee, asylum-seeking, and undocumented communities. Through social media engagement and virtual outreach to community members, we are doing our part to ensure that everyone is counted!
  • A sister non-profit has asked the IOSC community to make facemasks for their health care workers. We are recruiting people with sewing machines to start this project.
  • We are in conversation with our tutors to begin doing virtual tutoring using WhatsApp and other tools. Tutors will use learning packets downloaded from Baltimore City and County Public Schools websites to assist their students.
  • Financial Literacy classes are back! Our trainer, Cliff Okoth, is conducting his classes on Zoom.
  • In April we will have a small cohort of English learners take classes virtually with ESOL teacher, Jenny McMeekin.
  • We have begun our inaugural cohort for our Mentorship and Cultural Exchange Program and are continuing to recruit for future cohorts.

Most importantly, know that the IOSC is here! Email us or call the office and leave a message – we will receive it almost immediately. We can do virtual meetings with clients and can continue to help those in need.

Information from USCIS

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