Bowling Green's International Center has served the community for 25 years. Now the Center's new director, James Robinson, said for the last six months he's been working to expand it's reach.
"Including their citizenship classes, the ESL classes and of course the proper paper work they need to get completed," Robinson said.
Robinson said the Center is working to provide more classes for the refugees, including a healthy marriage class that provides counseling services for the families.
"Not that they have family and marriage problems, but it's just to strengthen those family ties that they have in their own home and with other families," Robinson said.
The Center has also received a grant to promote cross-cultural training in the Bowling Green, Ky., community.
"So that Bowling Green folks will know more about the refugee population, understand where they're from, understand that they're here legally and that they're really adding a lot of good things to this society and this community," Robinson said.
Robinson said he wants the Bowling Green community and the refugees to mix to form one cohesive community and not two different factions.
"If there is a barrier of communication of understanding between the two cultures, helping understand those cultures better that's what our goal is," Robinson said.
Robinson said he hopes by providing these new programs he will be able to broaden the reach and enlighten the community about the Center's mission.
If you'd like to help assist families that are new to the area, you can call the International Center at (270) 781-8336.
For more information on the International Center you can log onto http://internationalcenter.ky.net/aboutus.html.