The African Community Center (ACC) is home away from home. Many arrive in the United States with little in possession, but possess great hope about their lives in America. ACC will conduct educational and social service programs that will help them in their new communities, gain personal independence and economic self-sufficiency, and quickly become able participants and productive, contributing members of American society.
The community served by the ACC represent people from 52 countries African nations with 1000 distinct cultural identities and many language groups. ACC will have the capacity to offer language acquisition training to groups in : English, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Somali, Amharic, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Efik, Ashanti, Fulani, Pula, Memke, Limba, Lingala and other commonly used languages in Africa. ACC will provide translation and interpretation services as well as providing referral services to businesses and individuals.
The ACC is an integral part of the community it serves. Established by concerned Africans with the mandate to lead the efforts in finding a solution to the growing challenges confronting the undeserved and vulnerable African-born residents and their families within the Greater Houston Area.
The programs offered will include:
- Community outpatient clinic
- Social services
- Enrollment in entitlement programs
- Tutoring in basic computer, keyboarding, ESL and GED
- Language translation and interpretation
- Free tax preparation services
- Legal counseling and referrals
- Immigration issues
- Employment services
- HIV/STD testing and counseling
- Youth mentoring and development services
- Links To Africa
The people and families served by the African center are not just consumers; they are also partners and members of the same community.
The organization's operational philosophy is based on support and empowerment with the belief that the end result will lead to a shared promise to work together for a dynamic vision of a community's future and together to secure that future.