DONATE NOW
solution-hero-1.jpg
hero-12.jpg
hero-9.jpg
solution-hero-1.jpg

Self-Sufficiency


SCROLL DOWN

Self-Sufficiency


 

self-sufficiency

Resettlement is only the first step in the long process of building a new life. CAO provides programs to support individuals in becoming self-sufficient after their initial arrival. Through a combination of community navigation, case assistance, and education programs we work hard to ensure that immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers are capable of thriving in Colorado.

 

education

We provide English as Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship classes all year long.

< ESL Class SCHEDULE >

< CITIZENSHIP CLASS SCHEDULE >

navigation

CAO Community Navigators provide resources and links to systems in the U.S. to foster a better understanding of American society and culture.

case assistance

We provide fee-based legal assistance centered on a variety of immigration and resettlement issues.

< LEGAL SERVICES >

 

 

CAO CURRENTLY PROVIDES ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) INSTRUCTION TO INDIVIDUALS FROM MORE THAN 29 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

IN 2015, 93% OF OUR CITIZENSHIP STUDENTS PASSED THEIR NATURALIZATION EXAM ON THEIR FIRST ATTEMPT, GRANTING THEM CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES

solution-stats-05.png

Every year, CAO provides more than 1,000 hours of ESL instruction to immigrants, refugees, and asyLUM-SEEKERS

 

I want to learn how to speak English. I need conversation. And I need to hear people speaking to improve my understanding of American culture.
— FATIMA, SUDAN
hero-12.jpg

Partner Capacity


Partner Capacity


 

partner capacity

We’re committed to making sure that refugee and immigrant communities have a strong network of support in place after their arrival. At CAO we make a commitment to developing authentic and supportive partnerships with other organizations and systems. 

CAO plays a key role in the delivery of services for our refugee and asylum-seeking populations after initial resettlement. We engage and build the capacity of our partners to understand and deliver services in a culturally relevant manner.  CAO provides fee-based, culturally-relevant education through training and presentations.

 

education + trainings

panel presentations

cultural conversations

interpretation services

 

 

In 2015, our Community Navigators helped Denver Public Schools achieve a 17% increase in refugee languages attending Training and Leadership Development trainings and events.

Our Community Navigator team worked with Denver Public Schools to achieve a 45% increase in refugee languages attending the Superintendent Parent Forums.

Through staff and teacher surveys, 100 % of participants reportedan increase in parent understanding of the school system as a result of the community navigators' work. 

 

I want to learn English to better express myself, get control of the social systems, go back to school, and get a job.
— BRIGITTE, BENIN
hero-9.jpg

Local Integration


Local Integration


 

local integration

Based on our history and experiences with various ethnic communities, CAO has created a powerful methodology for organizing ethnic communities of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. We focus specifically on supporting their members' unique integration journeys after their initial resettlement process. We provide training, technical assistance and peer-to-peer networking opportunities for our refugee ethnic communities.

We are currently working closely with the following refugee ethnic communities:

 

testimonial-solutions-1.jpg
I fled my home in Khartoum, Sudan because I had suffered political persecution. I came to CAO in great need. CAO staff and volunteers helped me to establish my new home. They connected me with a volunteer lawyer to help me with my asylum case. After a four year struggle for protection, I can finally call America my permanent home.
— NAGLAA ELTAHER, SUDAN