Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Refugee Empowerment Services


The Empowerment Services Program is conducted in partnership with CEDARS [link: www.cedarsbg.org ] . The program consists of direct services to local refugees to facilitate self-sufficiency. All services are free. Activities within this program include:

  • Driver's Education and Assistance: Theoretical and practical Driver's Education and assistance through the process of obtaining driver's permits and licenses
  • Life-skills Education: Case management and workshops including financial literacy, parenting, and household maintenance.
  • Acculturation Group Counseling for teenagers and adults
  • Assistance learning how to access resources: Case management and workshops helping to access resources, including the U.S. health system, educational opportunities, social services, transportation, childcare, mental health counseling, etc.
  • Cultural Development: Workshops on multicultural skills, knowledge of U.S. culture, and guidance in cultural adjustment process)
  • Civic Development: Workshops to foster active community participation, volunteerism opportunities, understanding U.S. government and laws, etc.

Our programs are funded by the Kentucky Office of Refugees through the Targeted Assistance Grant and are directed for refugees who have been in the U.S. from 1 to 5 years. Transportation and childcare are available.

For a complete calendar of 2012 courses and workshops, please click here.

 Last Modified 7/22/13